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Tortellini Bean Salad

 Tortellini Bean Salad
Beans will bring bravos when you present this pleasant pasta and veggie salad. "I first made it for friends who are very good cooks. When it was gone, they asked where the second bowl was," chuckles Lenore Adams of Dayton, Ohio. "Among my make-ahead favorites, it's a big hit every time I serve it."
9 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated spinach tortellini
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned white kidney beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 24 cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions; drain and place
  • in a serving bowl. Add broccoli, onion, beans and olives. Combine
  • the salad dressing, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and oregano; pour
  • over salad and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8
  • hours.
  • Just before serving, stir in tomatoes and sprinkle with remaining
  • Parmesan. Yield: 9 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 218 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 758 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.