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Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest pasta salad is filled with corn, black beans, and tons of veggies. It’s a delicious, easy pasta salad recipe that’s perfect for BBQs and potlucks.

A bowl of southwest pasta salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans & cilantro

Today I’m sharing this super easy southwest pasta salad recipe. I absolutely love southwest and Mexican food – so it’s the perfect way to include all your favorite southwest flavors into the perfect potluck salad.

It has a super delicious chili lime vinaigrette dressing. Then it’s filled with black beans, corn, bell peppers, red onion & tons of cilantro.

Now I absolutely love BBQ and potluck food. So I’m always looking for easy salads & side dishes. What I love about this pasta salad is that it’s a little different, full of flavor, doesn’t include mayonnaise (I’m so NOT a fan), and it’s super customizable.

Southwest Pasta Salad Recipe

A big bowl of mexican pasta salad with chili lime vinaigrette.

This recipe could seriously not be any easier. First, boil up the pasta according to the package instructions. I used fusilli pasta, but feel free to use whatever bite-sized noodles you prefer. You can use bow ties, macaroni, penne – it’s totally up to you. I like to cook it el-dente for pasta salad.

Then chop of the veggies. I used red pepper, green pepper, cherry tomatoes and red onion. Roma tomatoes work well too, and you can also throw in 1 chopped avocado.  We’re also using black beans, corn (fresh or canned), and lots of cilantro.

The chili lime vinaigrette is made with fresh lime juice, oil, vinegar, and spices. I used 2 teaspoons of chilli powder, but if you prefer it a little milder use 1 teaspoon instead. If you’re wanting to save time – you could even skip making the vinaigrette dressing and use southwest vinaigrette or southwest ranch salad dressing.

Tomatoes, black beans, corn, peppers, red onion & cilantro for making southwest pasta salad.

Everything gets tossed together, and then you’re ready to serve. This salad is perfect for making the morning of your potluck or BBQ because I find that the flavors actually get better as the day goes on. But I definitely recommend making it the same day that you plan to serve it so that the veggies stay crispy.

If you love southwest and Mexican flavors this pasta salad is just the recipe for you. Easy, customizable, and perfect for potlucks – it’s always a crowd pleaser

Southwest pasta salad has tomatoes, black beans, corn, peppers & cilantro in every spoonful.

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A bowl of southwest pasta salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans & cilantro

Southwest Pasta Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Southwest pasta salad is filled with corn, black beans, and tons of veggies. It's a delicious, easy pasta salad recipe that's perfect for BBQs and potlucks.


Southwest Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz pasta bite-sized
  • 1 1/2 cups bell peppers chopped,I used 1/2 red & 1/2 green
  • 1 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • chilli lime vinaigrette recipe below
  • cotija cheese optional

Chilli Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice fresh
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the salad dressing by whisking together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add the cooled, cooked pasta to a very large salad bowl.
  • Add in the peppers, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion & cilantro.
  • Toss everything together with the chilli lime vinaigrette.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Store in the refrigerator, in a covered container for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Southwest Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 858IU17%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I never, ever post comments so that’s how good this pasta salad was. Ironically recipe was posted today, the 16th, because I couldn’t find a southwest pasta salad dressing with vinegar during my search yesterday. I typically tweak recipes on the fly depending on what I need to use up. I substituted apple cider vingar and added dash of sugar to vinaigrette because I wanted to balance veggies I was using. Besides corn, I used enjoya pepper, banana peppers, vidalia onion, and green onion with cilantro. Served it with avocado slices on top. Great recipe for inspiration, and perfect timing, thanks!

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    • That sounds totally delicious! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving a comment!!

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  • This looks so good! We can’t wait to try it!

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  • Yummy…just found a bulk chili lime seasoning at the store will let you know how it works out. I also have dried lime wheels ??

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    • Yum! Definitely let us know how it turns out!!

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