Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad

Braces Friendly Food Series | Black Bean Acini di Pepe Salad


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


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


  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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