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Sesame Bean and Pasta Salad Recipe

Sesame Bean and Pasta Salad

Serves 4

Hands-on time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

This delicious meal is a cinch to make, especially when you use white beans that you've already prepared.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. whole-grain bow tie pasta
  • 2 carrots - 1 chopped, 1 shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cups cooked white beans, thawed and drained, if using frozen
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta. Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a blender, combine the chopped carrot, ginger, garlic, water, canola oil, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Blend the mixture until it's very smooth, then set aside.
  2. When the pasta is done, drain and rinse it. In a large bowl, toss the bow ties with the dressing and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When the pasta has cooled, add the shredded carrot, celery, and cooked white beans. Toss the salad and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (1-1/2 cups) : Calories 507 ● Total Fat 19 g (30% DV) ● Saturated Fat 2 g (11% DV) ● Cholesterol 0 mg (0% DV) ● Sodium 88 mg (4% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 67 g (22% DV) ● Fiber 10 g (39% DV) ● Sugars 7 g ● Protein 16 g (31% DV) ● Vitamin A (119% DV) ● Iron (23% DV)

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