Pasta and Bean Picnic Salad Recipe

Pasta and Bean Picnic Salad Recipe

How To Make Pasta and Bean Picnic Salad

Savor a spoonful of this deliciously fresh Pasta and Bean Picnic Salad assembled with fresh summer veggies, white beans, all tossed in a tasty vinaigrette.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 3tspsalt
  • 1lbsmall-shaped pasta,such as curly, twisted, corkscrew, shells, or bow ties
  • 7tbspolive oil,divided
  • 16ozwhite beans,(2 cans) such as great northern, navy, or cannellini, drained, rinsed
  • lemon zest,(1 lemon)
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • 1tspdijon mustard,heaping
  • ¼tspground black pepper
  • 2cupsmixed cherry,or grape tomatoes, sliced, or cut into quarters
  • 2stalkscelery,halved lengthwise, very thinly sliced
  • ½red onion,very thinly sliced
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil.

  2. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.

  3. Drain but do not rinse. Shake the colander to remove the excess water.

  4. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Shake the bowl to distribute the oil.

  5. Add the rinsed beans and lemon zest to the hot pasta. Stir the salad gently.

  6. Leave to cool.


  1. In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

  2. Slowly whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons oil until it is all added.

  3. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if preferred.

To Assemble:

  1. Pour the dressing over the pasta and beans and stir.

  2. Add the tomatoes, celery, onion, and parsley to the pasta mixture and stir gently but thoroughly.

  3. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if preferred.

  4. If desired, squeeze some lemon juice over the top if it needs a touch of more brightness.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be prepared up to a day ahead.


  • Calories: 354.70kcal
  • Fat: 8.85g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.29g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.20g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.53g
  • Fiber: 7.70g
  • Sugar: 5.09g
  • Protein: 14.16g
  • Sodium: 284.98mg
  • Calcium: 108.13mg
  • Potassium: 848.93mg
  • Iron: 4.68mg
  • Vitamin A: 7.45µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.87mg
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