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Tex-Mex Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This zesty Tex-Mex pasta salad is teeming with tons of flavorful ingredients and tossed in a creamy salsa dressing.

Course: Salad, Side
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: pasta salad, tex-mex pasta salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 440 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb rotini pasta, cooked according to pkg directions and cooled slightly
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 15 oz black beans, drained (1 can)
  • 2 cups corn kernels, fresh (canned and drained or frozen corn can be substituted)
  • 3 scallions, sliced on the bias
  • 1 avocado, diced + squeeze of lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 6 oz shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar)
  • kosher salt and pepper
Creamy Salsa Dressing
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp lime zest, grated
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • kosher salt and pepper
Instructions
Creamy Salsa Dressing
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Set aside.

    The ingredients for the creamy salsa dressing for Tex-Mex Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad
  1. Toss the diced avocado witha squueze of lime juice and combine the cooked rotini pasta (still a bit warm) with the remaining ingredients.

    The ingredients for Tex-Mex Pasta Salad ready for tossing.
  2. Add the dressing to the pasta salad and toss well. Season with to taste with kosher salt and pepper and serve.

    Tex-Mex Pasta Salad tossed together and ready for serving.
Recipe Notes
  • The salad can be made 2-3 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • The pasta salad can be served at room temperature (my recommendation) or chilled.
  • Don't skip tossing the diced avocado with a squeeze of lime juice to prevent oxidation. 
  • Use your favorite salsa in the dressing.  I used a medium, slightly chunky salsa, but salsa verde or chipotle would be a delicious substitution. 
  • Reserve a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro for garnishing.
Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 736mg21%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 622IU12%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 217mg22%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.