Friday, May 11, 2007

Pasta Salad

Feta, black bean & penne pasta salad..

Black Bean, Feta & Penne pasta Salad

Summer black bean, feta and penne pasta salad


1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 stalks of celery cleaned and finely chopped/diced
1 large tomato diced (or cherry tomatoes cut into quarters or halves)
3 large pickles diced
1 cup cubed or crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup olives, black, green or both!
thawed frozen corn kernels, fresh corn or canned (optional)

Mix all the above in a large salad bowl and add:

Salt (to taste and depends on the saltiness of the cheese)
black pepper
juice of half a lemon/lime or a pinch of lemon crystals (citric acid)
2 tbsp pickle juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried mint (or fresh)
1/4 cup olive oil (or less)
Sumaq (optional)
crushed red chilis or cayenne pepper (optional and to taste)
1/2 tbsp minced onion (optional)
1/8 tsp minced garlic (optional)
Chopped cilantro (optional)

Let the above marinate well, boil Penne pasta or any preferred type, drain well and mix with salad mixture.

Serve room temperature.



Anonymous said...

Hey, these are excellent pix you've put here..also, the recipes tell me I should put some 'rude food' recipes on my blog, too.

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

I'm trying out this one and soon!!!

~mE said...

lovely pictures