Black-Eyed Pea & Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed Pea & Pasta Salad

This colorful pasta salad has a lime-jalapeño dressing that is both sweet and spicy.

30 min. prep time
16 servings
444 Ratings


Salad Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño chile pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


8 ounces (2 cups) uncooked dried gemelli pasta*
1 (15.8-ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained**
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cup small grape tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced green onions
4 ounces (1 cup) Land O Lakes® Cheddar or Chedarella® Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


Combine all dressing ingredients in small jar with tight-fitting lid; shake well. Refrigerate until serving time or up to 1 day ahead.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain.

Combine cooked pasta and all remaining salad ingredients in large bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate before serving to blend flavors (3 to 4 hours).

*Substitute any twisted or curly pasta.

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

Recipe Tip

Gemelli means “twins” in Italian. This pasta resembles 2 strands of spaghetti twisted together.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 130

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 320mg

Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #14153©2007Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Love this recipe.
I haven't tried this recipe but 36 servings, seems like you would only be eating one piece of pasta for that to be accurate
Test Kitchen Comment


This recipe makes 16 servings.
Posted December 03, 2012
I will definitely try this recipe...
Very good and a snap to make:)
Why would you put up a recipe with ingredients that you no longer make? We can not get Cheddarella anywhere!!
Otherwise was very tasty!

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