Black-Eyed Pea & Pasta Salad
30 min
03 hrs 45 min


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) Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes



 *Substitute any twisted or curly pasta. **Substitute 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

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

Tip #1

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


6Fat (mg)
5Cholesterol (mg)
320Sodium (mg)
15Carbohydrates (g)
2Dietary Fiber
5Protein (g)


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  April 27, 2014

Love this recipe.

— says Marnee K.
  November 19, 2012

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

— says name
Test Kitchen Comment December 03, 2012

This recipe makes 16 servings.

— says Cindy
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