Southwestern Pasta Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Gingernut

This recipe is from Leanne Ely of I use her Menu-mailer when I just can't be bothered planning a menu for the week. Her recipes tend to be quick, simple, and relatively healthy, albeit a bit plain for my taste.

Top Review by Beth A.

I must have gotten my copy of this recipe the same place as dgwdsmith!:) My recipe calls for 8 oz. pasta as well. I agree, also, that layering the ingredients in a clear, straight-sided bowl makes for a nice presentation. I usually toss it all together right before serving, however. Good stuff!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, toss with oil and sprinkle with cumin. Salt to taste and set aside.
  2. The original recipe suggests layering the beans, vegetables, and olives, but I just tossed them all together.
  3. In a small bowl combine mayo, sour cream and salsa. The original recipe suggests you spread this mixture over the top of the pasta "like you're frosting a cake" but I just mixed it all in together. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  4. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill overnight or for several hours.

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