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    Southwest Macaroni Salad

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    TXOLDHAM's Note:

    Found this in the Dallas Morning News and wanted to save. This recipes uses healthy pasta and reduced-fat ingredients.

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    1. 1
      Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Rinse with cold water to cool and drain .
    2. 2
      In a small bowl whisk together the ranch salad dressing mix, buttermilk, fat-free milk, light mayo and light sour cream. Stir in lime juice, lime peel and taco seasoning mix.
    3. 3
      In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with tomatoes, beans, cheese, green onions and green chilies. Pour dressing mixture over the salad and toss gently to mix.
    4. 4
      Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 16, 2013


      Thank you for saving and posting this recipe! It was just what I was looking for. Husband bought similar salad at local grocery and loved it. I said, I can make that! Searched for a recipe that I thought was similar and used this one. Couple of adjustments made -- added grilled chicken to use this as a picinic 'meal'. The salad also needed salt and a bit more acid - lime mixed in. (used 1 lime in the dressing = 3 TBL -- and then added one more lime the next day.) I made this up 1 night ahead of time and the dressing really soaked into the pasta. I may use a bit more milk or buttermilk next time and see if the consistency is any different. There will be a next time. Thanks again! PS. This makes a LOT -- it makes a huge bowl to feed to a large family or picnic.

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    Nutritional Facts for Southwest Macaroni Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (176 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 351.2
    Calories from Fat 61
    Total Fat 6.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 13.1 mg
    Sodium 132.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 57.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.6 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 15.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lime peel

    ranch dressing mix

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