Rainbow Pasta Salad
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 15 min
Servings: 4
Guaranteed to impress the guests at your next BBQ.


  • 300 g green beans, ends trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 200 g spiral or bowtie pasta (3 cups cooked)
  • 420 g can reduced-salt corn kernels, drained
  • 420 g can no-added-salt four bean mix, drained
  • 250 g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium red capsicum, seeded and cut into 2-3cm pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free semi-sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, shredded
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 1/2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tbs white vinegar
  • 1/2 tbs water


  1. Bring a medium-sized saucepan of water to the boil. Add beans and simmer for 2 minutes until they are bright green. Remove beans with a slotted spoon and refresh under cold water. Alternatively cook beans in the microwave on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes with a tablespoon of water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to packet directions until just tender.
  3. Drain well and add to a large serving bowl with drained beans and remaining salad ingredients.
  4. In a small jug, mix together dressing ingredients then pour over salad. Toss until well combined.
  5. Serve immediately or enjoy cold the next day.

Variation: Replace tinned corn with kernels removed from 1 fresh cob which has been steamed or microwaved on HIGH (100% power) for 3 minutes. Add a small chopped avocado just before serving.

Healthy tip!

Try mustard instead of mayonnaise to add extra flavour to your salads and sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

per serving per 100g
Energy 1370 kJ 327 kJ
327 Cal 78 Cal
Protein 14.5 g 3.5 g
Fat, total 2 g 0.5 g
— saturated 0.3 g 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 56 g 13.4 g
— sugars 13.1 g 3.1 g
Sodium 438.7 mg 105 mg
Fibre 12.3 g 3 g

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Comments (2)

  • LiveLighter

    Hi Poonam, thanks for the heads-up! I've added the heading "for the dressing", I hope that makes it clearer for everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the salad- it's a great lunchbox one :) -AF
    Posted on: 21 Aug 14

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    This recipe is good, but here needs to be a split in the ingredients between the ingredients for the salad, and the ingredients for the dressing. I have been making salad dressings for a long time so I know which ones are for the dressing, but it will make it easier for all to use if they were separated.
    Posted on: 21 Aug 14

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