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Pasta Salad with White Beans

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Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings



  • 1 16-oz. package fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup canned white beans drained and rinsed
  • 5 ounces smoked turkey or regular ham chopped (or omit)
  • 4 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded, deribbed and cut in long, thin slices
  • 10 Kalamata olives pitted and halved (or use black olives)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, make dressing (see below) Drain cooked pasta, rinse
  • under cold water and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining salad ingredients, add the pasta, vinaigrette and toss lightly to mix.
  • Dressing: Mix all ingredients together, whisking the olive oil in gradually at the end, until dressing is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
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