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Pasta Salad with Black Beans

This creamy and delicious cold pasta salad with black beans is a great recipe to make for potlucks and picnics. Recipe uses everyday pantry ingredients.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 serving


  • 8 oz Penne Pasta
  • 15 oz . can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Medium Carrots, finely diced
  • 1 Small Red Pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Small Yellow Pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Oregano, finely chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tbsps Vegan Mayonnaise (use regular mayo if not vegan)
  • 2 tbsps Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsps Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper


  • Cook pasta until tender according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, Italian seasoning, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine beans, chopped veggies, herbs and cooked pasta. Stir in the dressing and mix well to coat everything evenly.
  • Chill the salad for at least 3~4 hours for the flavors to mingle. Serve over crispy greens and enjoy!!


  • This pasta salad can be made at least 2 days in advance. Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • Use your favorite veggies in the recipe - steamed broccoli and cauliflower are great options.
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