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      RECIPE TITLE "Garden Greek Pasta Salad" courtesy of

    yields 8 servings time--- difficulty easy


    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 16 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    4 cups cooked pasta, raditore
    2 cups cucumbers, thinly sliced
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 cup red onion, sliced
    1/4 cup Kalamata olive, pitted & cut in half
    1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

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    Mix all ingredients except cheese in glass or plastic bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Top with cheese.

    Amount Per Serving: Calories 367 - Calories from Fat 70
    Percent Total Calories From: Fat 19%, Protein 21%, Carbohydrate 60%
    Totals and Percent Daily Values (2000 calories): Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 303mg, Total Carbohydrate 55g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 0g, Protein 19g, Vitamin A 938 units, Vitamin C 33 units, Calcium 0 units, Iron 7 units

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