Black Bean Bow Tie Salad Recipe
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Black Bean Bow Tie Salad Recipe

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Even people who don't like beans compliment me on this delicious salad! It's a favorite at family get-togethers and potlucks. The slimmed-down dressing gets little kick from cilantro and lime. —Teresa Smith of Huron, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 0 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring broth and garlic to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until garlic is tender. Cool slightly.
  2. Transfer to a food processor, add 1/4 cup black beans, cilantro, lime juice, oil, tomato paste, oregano and salt; cover and process until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Stir in the pasta, zucchini, peppers, onion and remaining beans; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Black Bean Bow Tie Salad in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p39

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lolohiser 88474
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Will most certainly make this again. Love it!"

vychristiansen 54764
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"Love this salad! I added cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives, plus a little Italian seasoning."

loriborgen 125246
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"I tweaked this a bit and added salsa, cumin and chili was delicious."

Linda842010 87372
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"I was not thrilled with this recipe. In addition, it takes much longer than 15 minutes to fix."

nickisix 138926
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"This was delicious. I made it with whole wheat pasta to add to the nutrition value. This is a great side dish to chicken. I'll definitely make it again. In fact, I am taking it to work tomorrow, for a holiday celebration."

FriedaG 47569
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Perhaps I can clear up the confusing way the directions are written.

The first sentence of the second paragraph - "Transfer to a food processor." (there should be a period instead of a comma after the word "processor.") - refers to the broth and garlic mixture, after it is slightly cooled.
The word "All" immediately following after the incorrect comma is a typo and should read: Add 1/4 cup black beans, etc.
The rest I think is clear enough. BTW, I tried this recipe and liked it well enough to try it again with some tweaking."

rjpav 54817
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"This recipe is incomplete. No mention of the chicken broth after 1st paragraph. Then, the last paragraph is confusing."

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