V's Southwestern Pasta Salad

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Vseward Chef-V

If you like a citrus based dressing with rotini pasta, give this one a try. I make this salad for a nice refreshing twist for pasta salad. This is one of our family favorite Southwestern Salads. Enjoy as a side dish or add cooked chicken and make it a meal in one! Served chilled Bueno ;)

Top Review by lucentrip

I'm writing this with the caveat that the salad hasn't completely cooled yet... but I absolutely LOVE the flavors. Husband and I are huge fans of anything southwestern anyway (I could feed him tacos every night and he'd be plump and happy). I didn't have the full amount of lime juice, so I used half lemon, half lime, with maybe a half a tsp of lime zest that I had saved. Much sadness that I didn't have an avocado, but the flavors stand for themselves, and I suppose I can do without that extra bit of fat THIS time. I used frozen corn flash cooked in the microwave (water + bowl + 5 mins :P). I might update my review tomorrow based on how much of the sauce is absorbed by the pasta. In the future I might double the citrus/spice sauce, depending on how it stands up overnight! Overall, awesome. Love it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large bowl combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, cayenne, cumin, salt, garlic, dried cilantro and salsa.
  3. Stir in corn, beans, green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, olives and 1/2 of the cilantro leaves. Spoon onto a platter and garnish with avocado and remaining cilantro. Serve chilled.

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