5. Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Sounds weird for a summer salad doesn't it?

Well ladies, this little salad tastes so delicious and makes the perfect side dish fro any type of dish.2

Or it could be a great salad to have for lunch.

Try it and let me know what you think about it!

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pecans

8 bacon slices

1 pound thin fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half

1 (8-oz.) package penne pasta

1 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half

1/3 cup diced red onion

Salt to taste

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp;

remove bacon, and drain on paper towels.

Crumble bacon.

Cook beans in boiling salted water to cover 5 minutes or until crisp-tender;2

drain.

Plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions;3

drain.

Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl;

add pecans, green beans, pasta, grapes, and onion, stirring to coat.2

Season with salt to taste.

Cover and chill 3 hours;

stir in bacon just before serving.

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