This is my go-to pasta salad recipe that adds black beans for extra colour and texture. You can try using green olives in this salad, if you like.
Easy and tasty. I used sun-dried tomatoes in oil (drained and chopped) and it tasted fine. I like feta so I added a lot more, used the whole can of olives and used probably 12 oz of the dressing. Come to think of it, I used more green onions too. Hey, a pound of pasta is a lot. Instead of black beans I think garbanzo beans would be a complementary flavor. I don't know where the "spicy" comes in as it's not spicy, but it is very good. - 31 Aug 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Well, first off, this salad is not spicy at all. The recipe calls for way too much pasta, in relation to the other ingredients. The end result was very dry, causing me to have to add more dressing right before serving. I made this for a big family dinner, and it was not a big hit. Things I would do differently - - - less pasta or more veggies, LOTS more dressing, sliced black olives, not chopped (they clung together), and no black beans. These were picked out by almost everyone who tried it. - 25 Feb 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
My husband and I both liked this recipe. I actually thought that 16 oz. of the dressing was alot...as opposed to the last review. I omitted the olives and used yellow onion instead. This dish tastes better a few days after it has been made. - 31 Mar 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)