Tomato Basil and Bean Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ziti pasta (or bow tie pasta)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
  • 3 tomatoes (large, coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup kidney beans (cooked or canned drained, or try garbanzo beans or black beans)
  • 1 cup mozzarella (or provolone cheese, cubed or shredded, optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped, optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, vinegar, Dijon-style mustard and pepper to make vinaigrette.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, beans, basil and tomatoes.
  4. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss together.
  5. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. If desired, add nuts and cheese just before serving, tossing again to combine.

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