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southwest pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: salad, pasta salad
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Southwest Pasta Salad is so satisfying with just the right amount of zesty kick. Tender pasta, crunchy fresh veggies, corn, and black beans dressed with a delicious Chipotle Ranch Dressing. The perfect side dish for potlucks, cookouts, and BBQS.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups (165 grams) dry pasta
  • 2 cups corn (about 3 large ears of fresh corn) or use frozen, thawed.
  • 15 ounces black beans, drain and rinse
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • zest of 1 lime and lime juice to taste

Additional Ingredients: avocado, zucchini, Grilled Chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled tofu, grilled halloumi 

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayo (can use vegan mayo)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream (can use vegan sour cream)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (adjust to taste!) *see notes
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste


  1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions using salted boiling water.
  2. Grill fresh husked corn on high heat, turning every 2-3 minutes until lightly charred. You can also do this in a skillet or grill pan on the stovetop. Cut the corn off the cob (a less messy way is to lay the cob perpendicular to the counter and slice thick slabs as you turn. Or use frozen corn that has been thoroughly thawed. (Fire roasted frozen corn is nice if available)
  3. In a bowl, stir together the cooked pasta, corn, black beans, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, coriander, salt and lime zest, and 1 cup Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
  4. Add more chipotle powder, lime juice, and salt to taste. You want it zesty and flavorful! If making ahead, taste it right before serving, adjusting the seasoning. 


Keep fresh sealed in the fridge for 3 days.

Additional Ingredients: Avocado (add just before serving), zucchini, black olives, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, cotija cheese, feta or cubes of cheddar. 

Chipotle Powder– we opt for chipotle pepper powder for unadulterated flavor and no hidden ingredients. You can use canned chipotle in adobo sauce.  Or sub chili powder and smoked paprika mixed.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 325.8 mg
  • Fat: 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.3 g
  • Fiber: 6.5 g
  • Protein: 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.7 mg