Mango and Black Bean Pasta Salad

2 cups rotini pasta, dry
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz organic sweetcorn, drained and rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup)
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup medium salsa
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
juice from 1 lime (about 2 Tbs lime juice)
handful of fresh cilantro leaves
salt to taste

Cook and cool pasta. Combine all ingredients and chill. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.


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Black Bean and Mango Salad

Black Bean & Mango Salad

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 C mango, diced
1 C sweet red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 C cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 seeded jalapeno pepper, diced fine or hot sauce to taste (I use 1/2 of a jalapeno)
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.

Note: We especially love this salad served with Taco Salad.


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Tortellini Salad with Pesto

  • 8 C tortellini, cooked and chilled (4 C dry)
  • 1 C pesto (on this site)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C Marilyn’s French Dressing (on this site)
  • 14 C romaine (or other green leaf)
  • 2 C cooked chicken, diced – optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients (except cheese) in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend all ingredients.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from Sensational Summer Salads (

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Southwest Chicken Salad

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 6 T olive oil
  • 6 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper

Salad and Toppings:

  • 10 C lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped
  • 2 C cooked or grilled chicken, cubed
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • sliced green onions
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • a handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or small whisk.  Set aside for flavors to combine.  Prepare lettuce and toppings as specified in the ingredients list.  Layer salad starting with the lettuce.  Sprinkle pepper, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro.  Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

adapted from

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  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/3 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1 heaping t sugar (or honey sucanat)
  • 1 T fresh basil, oregano, or thyme
  • 1 t Dijon mustard (or 1/4 t dry)
  • 1/8 t paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Combine in blender and serve with pasta salad (also on this site).

(recipe from my sister-in-law Karen)

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Pasta Salad

  • 3 C dry pasta (8 oz.), your choice
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 1/2 C red sweet pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T fresh basil, chopped (or 2 t dry) (may substitute oregano)
  • 1/2 C vinaigrette (also on this site)

Cook pasta and rinse with cold water; drain.  Combine pasta with other ingredients and chill.

(Auntie Karen served this to us in Ohio.  It’s a big hit!)

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Tortellini Caesar Salad

  • 24 oz. cheese and garlic tortellini, uncooked
  • 20 oz. salad greens
  • 1 1/2 C grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 1/4 C croutons (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)
  • 1 C Caesar salad dressing, divided (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In bowl, toss salad greens with tomatoes, croutons, and half of the dressing.  In another bowl, toss cooked pasta with the remaining dressing.  Serve pasta mixture over salad greens.

(recipe from Ronzoni tortellini package)

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Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 9 oz. tortellini pasta, filled with cheese
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained
  • 4 boiled eggs, chopped
  • small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C relish
  • 1/2 C celery, chopped
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and cool.  Add all other ingredients to pasta.  Chill and serve.  (May substitute chicken for tuna.)


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Mom’s Coleslaw

This family classic is quick, creamy, and delicious!
  • 1 head cabbage, grated
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 3/4 C sugar (I use sucanat with honey)
  • 3 T vinegar
  • 1 1/2 t salt

Combine, chill, serve.

(My mom gave me this family recipe years ago.)

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