V's Southwestern Pasta Salad

"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 ;)"
V's Southwestern Pasta Salad created by Vseward Chef-V
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  • 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.
  • In a large bowl combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, cayenne, cumin, salt, garlic, dried cilantro and salsa.
  • 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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  1. 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.
  2. eca234
    I substituted parsley and a little basil for the cilantro (instead of going to the store). I came out really good! I'll definitely make this one again!
  3. Vseward Chef-V
    V's Southwestern Pasta Salad Created by Vseward Chef-V
  4. kleine_rosa_hexe
    This salad is awesome. Even my husband, who normally dislikes noodles, gave it a thumbs up. Will make it again. And on the plus-side it is very healthy. Thanks for the recipe.
  5. Leslie
    This recipe is just wonderful! We were making it for a catered event, so had to triple it. I did it the lazy way and tripled it in my head, and must of made a mistake on the amount of lime juice, as it turned out pretty sour. No worres! I just added a little sugar and it was amazing! Very different twist from the regular mayo basaed pasta salads, give this one a try!! :)


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