This Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad is light, refreshing, and delicious. Serve as a side dish or add grilled chicken to make this a perfect meal on its own.
We love Mexican food! I especially love taco salad. My mother-in-law makes a killer Southwestern Taco Salad, it’s the dressing that makes it so spectacular.
Inspired by this and needing an easy, quick side dish to take to all our summer get-together’s. I came up with this pasta salad, using my mother-in-laws dressing…this turned out oh so good! I added grilled chicken on top of it, which made it a complete meal. So serve it as a side dish or as the main course with your choice of meat it.
Enjoy! XOXO San
How do you make Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad?
Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and shake until combined; you can also add to a small bowl and stir.
In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients. Add dressing and toss to combine.
Serve immediately or cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
My favorite kitchen tools used to make this Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad
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MASON JARS: I use large mason jars to store so much in from salsas, dressings and hot fudge sauce to crafts, markers and pens. These are great to have on hand for many kitchen uses.
SALAD BOWL: I love having a beautiful salad bowl to serve my salads in. It makes a real centerpiece for the table and ties it all together, I love wood ones – this is one of my favorites.
KNIVES: A good set of kitchen knives is essential for preparing any meal. I just recently invested in some Cutco knives and I have not regretted it one bit. These are hands down my favorite knives I have owned.
CUTTING BOARD: For me, this is a kitchen must-have and kitchen counter saver. While we have countertops you can cut on, I find that this extra step will preserve my counter. I also find that using a cut board makes for less clean up afterward. I love this cutting board because it has a groove all the way around the board prevent juices from running all of the counters.
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Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 4 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 pound bowtie pasta cooked, drained and cooled
- 1 orange or red bell pepper diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes diced
- 1 bunch green onion chopped
- 2 cups cilantro coarsely chopped
- 2 avocados cubed
- 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 3 corn cobs cooked and kernels removed from stem or 1 can corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup Cotija cheese optional, crumbled
- Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and shake until combined; you can also add to a small bowl and stir.
- In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients. Add dressing and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately or cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Kids Review – This salad has fresh vegetables, there were a little freaked but were willing to eat the noodles. They loved that part. I took this around to neighbors, well because it makes a lot. Everyone loved it!!! First reactions were “this is so amazing and fresh”, “this feels so light and healthy, better than your normal creamy pasta salad” and “colorful”.