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.