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Italian Black Bean Pasta Salad

6-8 servings
prep time: 20 minutes (chop veggies while the pasta cooks)
cook time: included in prep time above

  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) rainbow pasta
  • 3 cans (~15 oz. each) black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (~15 oz.) corn, drained
  • 4 radishes, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • some broccoli & cauli.ower, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bottle low-fat Italian dressing
  1. Fill a large saucepan 3/4 full with water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta, bring to boil again, then turn down until just bubbling and cook for 8-10 minutes. Taste pasta - it's done when it's soft enough for your taste.
  3. Drain pasta & rinse with cold water.
  4. Mix pasta and all chopped veggies together in a big bowl.
  5. Add dressing and mix thoroughly.
  6. For best taste, refrigerate 1 hour or more before eating.

Variations:
Substitute any veggies of choice (about 2 cups total).
Use whole-wheat pasta - it's healthier.