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Southwestern Pasta Salad

This southwestern pasta salad is so hearty it can also double as a main.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: salads, side dishes, vegetarian dishes
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: pasta salad recipe, southwestern salad, Tex-Mex
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 258kcal


  • 8 oz dry spiral pasta (or your favorite shape)
  • 1 cup canned black beans rinsed & drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup cooked whole-kernel corn
  • 2-4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup assorted color sweet bell peppers cut in thin strips
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Place pasta, beans, red onion, corn, cilantro and peppers in a large bowl.
  • Place all dressing ingredients in a small container (with a lid), and shake well to combine.
  • Add dressing to pasta mixture and toss to combine. Serve immediately or chill until ready to use.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg