Southwestern Pasta Salad Recipe
Pasta is tossed with a zesty dressing of lime juice, chili powder and cumin. Corn, black beans, red and green bell pepper, tomatoes and cilantro add texture, flavor and color.
Cowboy salad, a Southwestern-inspired dish, includes pasta, black-eyed peas, corn, and peppers for a spicy pasta salad packed with flavor and heat.
I'm glad lots of you love this recipe - I do, too! I *always* use less oil, and lots more lime juice for extra flavor. Sorry about the confusing way the pasta quantity was posted - use only 8oz of pasta for the recipe! The flavors really are better if you can make it a day ahead, but I usually end up adding a little more salt the next day... somehow it disappears overnight. Use ditalini pasta if you can find it - lots of surface area to soak up the dressing, and very pretty! I think it's hearty enough to eat as a main dish, or you could add some grilled, cooled chicken. Top off the meal with a slice of cold Margarita Pie, and your tummy will be VERY happy!
My entire family loves this recipe!!!! I made a few changes. I put 1 1/2 T Chili Powder, 1 t cumin, 1 t chipotle chili powder, 1/4 t cayenne, 1 t dried cilantro, 1 t salt, 4 garlic cloves, 1 can diced green chilies, 1/2 c red onion, and 3 shredded chicken breasts to make it a main dish. I also reduced the oil to 1/4 cup and increaded the lime juice to 1/2 cup. YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!
I double the recipe and used less oil. I also added some bacon and red onion as some recommended. I think next time add some avacodo and black olives.
We enjoyed this as written. I did add a big scoop of salsa. Thank you for sharing. We will make again. Update... Next time I'll make a smaller batch because I didn't care for it so much the next day. I will add a bit more salsa to finish this batch off
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