Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad

Braces Friendly Food Series | Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad

Introduction:

Springtime means freshness. This Black Bean Salad brings freshness to your table with mild acidity to your palate.  The vegetables including the tomatoes will provide a healthy portion of your Daily Values. As an added bonus: it is also orthodontic braces friendly and delicious too—a watery mouth comes to mind.

Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad

Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad

Materials:

1 can black beans (15 ounce), rinsed and drained
3 Roma tomato chopped, or 1 container of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
3/4 box of Acini de Pepe Pasta, or any small pasta

2 green onion (scallions), chopped
1/2 cup olive oil extra light
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Cook Acini di Pepe pasta (or other small pasta), drain, cool and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beans (rinse first under cool water), green onion (scallion), cilantro, chopped tomato. Stir in cool pasta.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, salt, cumin, and black pepper.
  4. Pour olive oil dressing into salad mixture; stir well. Chill thoroughly, and serve cold.
Black bean risotto Large bowl

Black bean risotto Large bowl

 

Discussion & Summary:

I normally don’t recommend salad for those wearing orthodontic braces due to the hard raw vegetables present. This Black Bean pasta dish is a good salad alternative to reduce the risk of broken brackets. Invisalign users can also enjoy this salad!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 3-4

 

PS: Please cut up food into small bite sized pieces.

PSS: don’t forget to brush teeth and braces after eating.

Bon Appétit,

Your friendly local Tucson orthodontist, Dr. Leo Toureno

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