Mexican Pasta Salad

Monday, July 13, 2015

Is there anything better than something hot of the grill with a delicious pasta salad on the side?  Throw in a cold beer and I say it's about as good as it gets for a summer meal!  

I make the same traditional mayo-based pasta salad again and again and while it's fantastic, I needed to change it up a bit! Our family, including our 10 month old baby, loves Mexican food!  Addie can house enchiladas like it's her job, no joke!  So I thought a little Mexican pasta salad would be a great side dish. If you added a little chicken this would be a great meal as well!  
All of the colors and textures just make this salad pop! 
Bring it to your next BBQ to switch things up a bit, I'm sure everyone will absolutely love it!! 

Mexican Pasta Salad 

1 lb pasta (I used mini farfalle), cooked until al dente and cooled
1 red pepper, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, finely minced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely minced
2 cups corn (I used frozen, defrosted)
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup cheddar cheese
3/4 cup spicy ranch dressing
3 tablespoons salsa
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.  Refrigerate after it is all combined to let the flavors come together for at least an hour.  

NOTES:  As with all pasta salads, if they are left overnight (great for letting the flavors come together!), the pasta absorbs the dressing quite a bit.  If that happens, just add a little more spicy ranch and salsa.  Also, I like to use a refrigerated, fresh salsa in this recipe as it adds a great fresh flavor!  Pop some rotisserie chicken in there and you have a full meal deal. Bam. 


Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz 


  1. I love Mexican food and indeed Mexican Pasta Salad is one of best Mexican dishes that I like the most.thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

  2. I thought a little Mexican pasta salad would be a great side dish.
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