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Happy hump day friends, how’s your week going? Its been the usual blend of hustle and hangout time over here. I got in a great workout shoulder workout in yesterday, I don’t know if it was just that hard or it had just been a while since I did that kind of strength workout, but man am I feeling it.
Anyhow, today I wanted to share a southwest pasta salad recipe that we have been having on repeat as a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Mexican food is a definite favorite of mine, but a girl should not cannot live on tacos and burritos alone. So when I am craving my favorite Mexican flavors, but want something a little different, I reach for this delightful pasta salad. I love it vegetarian with black beans, but you could easily dice up some steak or chicken if you wanted more protein. You could also use a protein pasta, I have not personally tried that, but I see no reason it wouldn’t be great.
I love this salad as a main course, but it also makes a great side dish for a summer BBQ or something a little different for a Cinco de Mayo party.
Southwest Pasta Salad
- 1 12 oz package pasta (I use the vegetable pasta from TJs because the babies like the colors)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup corn, fresh, canned or frozen (I like to use the frozen roasted corn from TJs)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced with seeds removed
- 1 can black olives, drained
- 3/4-1 cup TJ’s cilantro salad dressing (a salsa ranch or Chipotle dressing would also be good.
- 1/3 cup crumbled cotija cheese
- 4 green onions, diced.
Directions: cook pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, toss with all ingredients except cotija cheese and green onions. Once thoroughly mixed, gently fold in 2/3 of cheese and green onions. Reserving the remaining 1/3 to sprinkle on top. Serve room temperature or cold. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Note, I used whole black olives because the hubs does not like them and it is easy to pick out the whole ones. If that is not an issue, I think the sliced ones would be great too.
Let me know if you give it a try. Hope you have a great day!