Heart Healthy Bean and Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg brown rice penne 
  • 2 15.5-oz. cans black beans, drained
  • 1 c. cut fresh or canned (drained) corn
  • ½ green pepper, washed, seeded, and diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ small red onion, diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in quarters (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado, cut into bite sized cubes

Dressing Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Dash chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

  1. Cook pasta to package directions; drain and let cool. Season with salt & pepper, to taste.
  2. Add black beans, corn, pepper, onion, tomatoes and cilantro to a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Top with avocado, serve immediately.*
  7. *If serving at later time, wait to chop avocado.
  Recipe by  Dawn Hutchins

Recipe by Dawn Hutchins

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