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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.

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30 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 45 min
Total Time


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.

Nutrition (1 serving)

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