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Macaroni Bean Salad

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

10 servings

Two types of store-bought beans, a convenient can of olives and lots of cheese make this easy pasta salad, shared by Sandra Gordon of Emmett, Idaho, a cinch to assemble at home. With a creamy dressing, it's a festive medley that's sure to earn praise at potlucks. TIP: Try other small pasta noodles, and for a fancier look, serve it on a bed of Bibb lettuce.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup cubed Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain macaroni and rinse in cold water. Add to bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 258 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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