Green bean & penne salad with tomato and olive dressing
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 2
Make a speedy pasta salad tossed with a healthy tomato and basil dressing for a low-calorie, vegetarian lunch that packs in three of your 5-a-day
- STEP 1
Boil the pasta in a pan of water for 5 mins. Add the beans and onion, return to the boil and cook for 5 mins more.
- STEP 2
Meanwhile, put the tomatoes in a bowl with the oil, vinegar and basil (saving a couple of leaves), then blitz with a hand blender to make a dressing.
- STEP 3
Drain the pasta and beans, tip into the dressing, add the olives and mix well. Spoon onto plates and top with the basil leaves and rocket, or pack into lunchboxes, cool, then top with the rocket and basil. Can be chilled for up to one day ahead.
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BOOST THE PROTEIN
If you're following the vegetarian menu of our Healthy Diet Plan, add 80g of thinly sliced, pan-fried halloumi to your salad for a cheesy protein boost. Fry the slices for around 30 seconds each side until golden.