Green Bean, Grape, and Bacon Pasta Salad
Recipe Type: entree, main, salad, side dish
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Serves: 8
An untraditional spin on pasta salad starring green beans, grapes, and bacon.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 bacon slices
  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 (8 oz) package penne pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion
  • salt, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, until lightly toasted.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes, until crisp. Remove bacon, drain, and crumble.
  3. Cook beans in boiling salted water for 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together mayo (or Greek yogurt), sugar, red wine vinegar, and salt. Add pecans, green beans, pasta, grapes, and red onion to the mixture, tossing to coat. Season with salt to taste. Cover and refrigerated for 3 hours, or overnight. Just before serving, stir in bacon.
from Southern Living Magazine
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