Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta Salad ~ Bento #109

by The ROXX Box on July 24, 2013

in EasyLunchboxes, Kids Bento Lunches, Meatless Monday, Teen/Adult Bento Lunches, Vegetables, Vegetarian Bento Lunches

I’m having a lot of fun creating meals using black beans as the main ingredient.  It’s such a versatile bean, and goes well in so many dishes.  For today’s meal, I wanted to make some type of pasta salad.  I love eating pasta salads in the summer, and thought black beans would make a perfect addition to a simple pasta salad.

Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta Salad

The combination of Barilla Fiori Pasta, olives, tomatoes, black beans, and feta cheese tossed in a basil vinaigrette made this an absolutely delicious dish. I hope you like it!!

Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon chopped shallots
1/4 cup fresh organic basil leaves
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon honey
salt/pepper

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor/blender and pulse until it is a smooth consistency. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to use.

Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta Salad

Ingredients

1 cup rough chopped italian olives
1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 1/2 cups cooked Barilla Fiori Pasta
1/2 cup crumbled low fat feta cheese
1/4 cup basil vinaigrette
salt/pepper

Directions:

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In a large mixing bowl add pasta, olives, tomatoes, beans, and feta cheese.

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Slowly pour basil vinaigrette over pasta while mixing. I used 1/4 cup. You may desire to use more or less. Season with salt/pepper to taste if desire.

Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta Salad

You can serve pasta immediately, or refrigerate and serve cold.

Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta in Easylunchbox

Pasta is also perfect to pack for lunch.

Basil Vinaigrette Black Bean Pasta in EasyLunchbox

Here pasta is packed in my Easylunchbox for lunch.

Enjoy!!

Rox

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