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Pasta with Green Beans, Feta and Dill

I love cold pasta salads when it’s warm out. It’s easy to put together different combinations of whatever vegetables I have on hand, pasta, and a few spices. I like to make extra pasta to keep in the fridge so that I can make myself a quick lunch without having to wait for the pasta to cook. They also make a great, lighter feeling dinner, especially on summer days when you don’t feel like making the kitchen any hotter than it already is.

Pasta salads make great picnic meals, which is what we’ll be doing a lot of for the next two weeks. Our swim lessons start today at 11:00, and we’ll be picnicking at the park afterwards with our friends. I’m looking forward to the swimming, the playing, and the eating and chatting with my mom friends and their kids. This is Logan’s first year to be in class by himself; he’s really excited to be such a big boy and go to “swim school,” as he calls it. Madeline and I will be in the Mommy and Me class. I can’t wait to see how thrilled Madeline will be because she is such a water baby.

The idea for this dish came from a green bean recipe I saw at Cooking on the Side. Just toss it with some pasta and it becomes more of a main dish. I’ll definitely be including it in my picnic lunch one of the days this week.

 

Green bean, feta, and dill pasta salad

Pasta with Green Beans, Feta, and Dill

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I love cold pasta salads when it’s warm out. It’s easy to put together different combinations of whatever vegetables I have on hand, pasta, and a few spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans*
  • 1 lb. bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced shallots
  • 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper. Whisk to soften the shallot then drizzle in the oil in while whisking. Set aside.
  2. Cook beans in boiling water for 7 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain; rinse with cold water. Toss beans and pasta with dressing (start with a small amount and add more to taste), cheese, onion and dill in a large bowl.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate for several hours or until chilled.

Notes

adapted from Cooking on the Side

*I used thawed frozen organic green beans and that worked great and made this a very quick dish to make. You don’t need to cook the beans either, because they’re blanched before frozen.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 224Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 6mgSodium 113mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 7g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Cristie

Thursday 11th of June 2009

What a winning combination! This is on my list to try!

angela@spinachtiger

Tuesday 2nd of June 2009

Love green beans in spring and summer with pasta. Great "take to" choice.

meg

Tuesday 2nd of June 2009

Looks delicious! Dill goes so well with green beans!

Justin

Monday 1st of June 2009

feta, onion, dill... you almost can't go wrong

Katja

Monday 1st of June 2009

Looks great, never thought of adding green beans to pasta salad before, even though make it often. Will try it, thanks for the recipe!