Pepper Jack Mac Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Kana K.

A good crunchy mac salad with a little kick to it.

Top Review by Dr. Jenny

I wanted to love this salad. It is easy to prepare and it is very colorful. I thought the taste, however, was a bit bland. I used the tomatillo salsa, but I was able to find it in medium heat because we prefer the kick (the store did not have chipotle, which I might have preferred). I think the salad as is, needs a little dressing up. Definitely a significant amount of salt and pepper, more red wine vinegar. Since I have a lot left over, I might experiment with our individual portions, such as adding sriracha or even possibly Dijon, to give it more of the flavor I'm looking for.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil, salt it and add pasta.
  2. While pasta water is coming up to a boil and cooking, combine corn, pepper, onion and celery in a bowl with pepper Jack cheese. Season the veggies with salt and pepper.
  3. Run pasta under cold water to cool it and drain it well. Add pasta to vegetables and cheese.
  4. Place vinegar in a small bowl and whisk in extra-virgin olive oil, then fold in salsa. Pour sauce over salad and toss to coat evenly. Garnish salad with cilantro or parsley and serve.

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