Green Bean Pasta Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


10 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
I like to prepare this special green bean pasta salad with fresh green beans and homegrown dill. Serve chilled or at room temperature. —Chris Snyder, Boulder, Colorado
Green Bean Pasta Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta and beans; rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and cayenne. Drizzle over pasta mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Add the ham, onions, parsley, dill and salt; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Stir in walnuts just before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Instead of snapping off the ends of each green bean like Grandma did, trim a bunch in seconds. Gather beans in a small pile, lining up the tips on one side. Cut off tips with a single slice using a chef’s knife. Flip the pile over and do the same on the other side.
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
  • Check out 24 pasta salads Grandma used to make.
  • Nutrition Facts

    3/4 cup: 246 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.