Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad

We love Mexican food! I especially love taco salad.
My mother-in-law makes a killer Southwestern Taco Salad, it’s the dressing that makes it so spectacular.
Inspired by this and needing an easy, quick side dish to take to all our summer get-together’s. I came up with this pasta salad, using my mother-in-laws dressing…this turned out oh so good! I added grilled chicken on top of it, which made it a complete meal. So serve it as a side dish or as the main course with your choice of meat it.

Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10-12

Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad

Switch up your average pasta salad with this Easy Southwestern Pasta Salad made with fresh veggies, flavorful herbs and a cumin vinaigrette dressing.


  • Dressing
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • Pasta Salad
  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 ½ cups diced cherry or cherub tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 corn on the cobs, cooked and kernels removed from stem or 1 can corn, drained and rinsed
  • Optional: 1 cup Cojita cheese, shredded


a small mixing bowl or measuring cup make dressing and set aside.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients, add dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately or cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.


Cook time is the amount of time for the noodles to boil.


Kids Review – This salad has fresh vegetables, there were a little freaked but were willing to eat the noodles. They loved that part. I took this around to neighbors, well because it makes a lot. Everyone loved it!!! First reactions were “this is so amazing and fresh”, “this feels so light and healthy, better than your normal creamy pasta salad” and “colorful”.


    • Sandra says

      And I know this dish will be perfect at summer cookouts! It make a really good amount and it’s amazing! Try it out this summer! xo San

    • Sandra says

      The kids make me laugh all the time. One day they will realize that the veggies make for a yummy part of the dish too. :) Thanks for pinning, and have fun making it this summer! xo San

    • Sandra says

      Southwestern flavors are AMAZING and they are great in this pasta salad. Have fun making it this summer! xo San

    • Sandra says

      It is a beautiful dish for the summer! A perfect to take to a friend’s party or a family get together! Have fun make it this summer! xo San

    • Sandra says

      And it is easy. What is better than something that is good and easy?? Have fun trying it out! xo San

  1. says

    Wow does this look amazing! And it’s loaded with lots of favorites too. I found you over The Silly Pearl. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Here is the link http://bit.ly/1l4cu0j. Have a wonderful day!!


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