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.
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
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.
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
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Southwest Pasta Salad
Southwest Pasta Salad
Chilli Lime Vinaigrette
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 273 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 319mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 7g