Southwest Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Southwest Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This easy Southwest Pasta Salad could be a meal all on its own! Loaded with great southwest ingredients like, beans, corn, peppers, cilantro, and much more. All dressed with the creamiest Avocado Ranch Dressing.

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across a pasta salad I didn’t enjoy. There are so many variations with delicious dressings to go with them. They are easy to make and most people love pasta salad, so it’s usually a safe dish to share with others.

Southwest Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing is probably my top 3 favorite pasta salads to make and eat. It has tons, and I mean tons of goodies like corn, beans, olives, cheese, cilantro, tomatoes and peppers. Did I leave anything out!? Oh, and diced red onion. It’s could practically be a meal.



And just when you thought this salad couldn’t get any better. How about the easiest, and most tasty Avocado Ranch Dressing to bring it all together. This dressing is thick and creamy and so easy to make. Just throw every thing in a blender until smooth!

This salad is great as is, but if you want to add extra protein, throw in some shredded rotisserie chicken for a complete meal.



We love to serve this salad with grilled chicken or burgers, or make a batch to enjoy during the weekday for easy lunches.

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Southwest Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This easy Southwest Pasta Salad could be a meal all on its own! Loaded with great southwest ingredients like, beans, corn, peppers, cilantro, and much more. All dressed with the creamiest Avocado Ranch Dressing.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 386 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz spiral pasta (or medium shaped pasta) cooked according to package instructions.
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 cup bell peppers, diced small (any color)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced small
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 2.5 oz can sliced black olives
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Avocado Dressing

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp powdered ranch mix
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional

Instructions
 

Avocado Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Pasta Salad

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse well with cool water and drain.
  • Add cooked pasta to a large bowl and add all the pasta salad ingredients. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 of the avocado dressing over the top and toss gently until well coated. Use more dressing if needed. Serve immediately or place in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Pasta salad will keep for 2-3 days in refrigerator,

Notes

Tips:
Add chicken- Shredded chicken is a great way to add more protein. I like to use a store-bought rotisserie to make it even easier. 
Extra spice- Add a small chopped jalapeno, seeded and membrane removed for a little extra heat. 
Beans- Use other beans like red kidney, pinto or garbanzo.
Pasta- Any shape medium pasta will work for this pasta salad – bowtie, penne, fusille, etc..
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
 
Keyword Avocado, bell peppers, black olives, Cheese, Cilantro, Corn, pasta, Ranch mix, Red onion, tomatoes

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