BCT & Onion Balsamic Pasta Salad

The combination of black beans, corn and tomatoes is one of my all time favorites.  What better way to make the combination filling than creating a cold pasta salad?  So, I attempted just that, and, man, was it delicious. From now on I will call this combo BCT.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups cooked Farfale pasta
  • 1 can Southwestern black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Balsamic, for dressing
  • Olive Oil, for dressing
  • Parmesan, for garnish

 Start by cooking your pasta al dente.  While this is cooking, rinse off and drain the beans, corn and tomatoes. I usually start with the beans (which sit in a thick, repulsive liquid) and once these are rinsed thoroughly in the strainer, I top them off with the corn and tomatoes for a second quick rinse.


Combine the pasta, BCT and onions in a bowl, tossing until each ingredient  is evenly distributed.  Sprinkle in the spices: allspice, black pepper, Italian seasoning, curry, chili, red pepper flakes. 

When you’re ready to serve the dish, toss each bowl with a tsp. of olive oil and a Tbsp. of balsamic vinaigrette. I’d wait to put these dressing fixings in until you are ready to eat as the pasta will dye brown. Top with a scattering of parmesan cheese and enjoy. Best served cold.


The filling nature of the pasta, corn and black beans will have your stomach full and happy for hours.  The balsamic, curry and allspice give the salad a sweet tang to pair with the tomatoes acidic nature and tart flavor.  The beans balance this out and onions.  The pepper and red pepper flakes bring in a hint of spice which I found really brought the meal to a completion. It turned into a sweet spice, like apple cider or, as Rosette suggested, orange chicken.  The parmesan cheese helped to absorb the olive oil and balsamic and added a different texture opposing the slimy feel of the noodles, tomatoes and beans.

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