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Pasta, Black Bean & Chicken Salad
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4 ounces (1 cup) uncooked dried cavatelli pasta or medium pasta shells


2/3 cup Italian salad dressing

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


1 1/2 cups cubed 1-inch cooked chicken

4 ounces (1 cup) Cheddar cheese, cubed

1 medium (1 cup) yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices, halved

1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips, halved crosswise

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained

Lettuce leaves

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine salad dressing, lemon juice, and hot pepper sauce in bowl; mix well. Add cooked pasta and all remaining salad ingredients except lettuce leaves; toss lightly to coat. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

  3. STEP 3

    Place 1 lettuce leaf on each individual plate; top with pasta mixture.

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