Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Hello there, my friend! Today, I’ll be sharing a delightful recipe that’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or simply enjoying a light and refreshing meal. This Field Pea and Pasta Salad is a delicious combination of tender peas, al dente pasta, and a tangy dressing that will tantalize your taste buds. Let’s dive in!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried field peas or black-eyed peas, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound small pasta shapes (such as elbow macaroni or farfalle), cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled peas, pasta, red onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and parsley.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oilred wine vinegarDijon mustardsugarsalt, and black pepper to make the dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss gently until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Before serving, give the salad a gentle toss and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Additional Tips

  • For extra crunch, you can add some chopped celery or radishes to the salad.
  • If you prefer a creamier dressing, you can add a dollop of mayonnaise or Greek yogurt to the dressing mixture.
  • Customize the salad by adding your favorite herbs, such as basil, dill, or chives.
  • If you’re short on time, you can use canned or frozen field peas or black-eyed peas instead of dried ones.
See also  Watergate Salad
Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Nutritional Value

This Field Pea and Pasta Salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Field peas are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. The fresh vegetables in the salad contribute to your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Additionally, the olive oil provides healthy monounsaturated fats, while the pasta provides complex carbohydrates for sustained energy.

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