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Southwest Pasta Salad

This southwest pasta salad is made with fresh veggies, rotini pasta noodles, and coated in a creamy chipotle ranch dressing. Perfect for summer potlucks or poolside lunches!

southwest pasta salad in a brown serving bowl

Pasta salad is always a favorite side dish for potlucks, picnics, or lunches in the warm summer months.

Some of our favorite pasta salad recipes include ranch pasta salad and tortellini pasta salad.

This southwest pasta salad features crunchy fresh veggies, cold rotini noodles, black beans, and the most delicious homemade creamy chipotle ranch dressing.

It’s inspired by my favorite southwest salad recipe!

It’s sure to be a hit at any bbq or potluck!

Ingredients needed to make southwest pasta salad

  • rotini pasta
  • fresh corn
  • lime
  • red bell pepper
  • red onion
  • black beans
  • cilantro
  • cherry tomatoes
  • chipotle ranch dressing
ingredients needed to make southwest pasta salad

How to make southwest pasta salad

Step 1: Make a batch of the chipotle ranch dressing in a blender or food processor.

What is Chipotle Ranch made of?

This creamy chipotle ranch is made with sour cream, mayonnaise, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, and a few spices. It’s creamy, mildly spicy, and so flavorful!

chipotle ranch dressing in a mason jar with a spoon

Step 2: Cook the rotini pasta to al dente according to the package directions, then drain and rinse with cold water immediately to stop the cooking process.

Step 3: Prepare the vegetables for the pasta salad.

Cut up the fresh ears of corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, and cilantro.

Step 4: Add the drained black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro to a large serving bowl.

Once the pasta is cool and mostly dry, add it to the other ingredients in the bowl.

pasta salad ingredients in a mixing bowl

Step 5: Add 1 ¼ cups of the homemade chipotle ranch dressing and stir well to combine.

Chill the southwest pasta salad in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.

southwest pasta salad in a brown serving bowl

Avoiding dry pasta salad

Pasta salad will dry out once it is in the fridge for too long.

This dish will be best served after an hour in the fridge, which is long enough to marinate the ingredients with the dressing, but not too long to dry it out.

You will have about ½ cup of salad dressing leftover when you make this recipe.

I suggest saving this to stir into any leftover pasta salad to give it some creaminess when you eat the leftovers!

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southwest pasta salad on a serving plate next to the bowl

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southwest pasta salad in a brown serving bowl

This is the perfect cold pasta salad recipe for any occasion. Try it for your next party, potluck, bbq, or as a side dish for summer!

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Yield: 12 servings

Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

This southwest pasta salad is made with fresh veggies, rotini pasta noodles, and coated in a creamy chipotle ranch dressing. Perfect for summer potlucks or poolside lunches!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz rotini pasta
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ears of corn, cut from the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ¼ cups of Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Instructions

    1. Make a batch of the chipotle ranch dressing in a blender or food processor
    2. Cook the rotini to al dente according to the package directions, then drain and rinse with cold water immediately
    3. Add the drained black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro to a bowl. Once the pasta is cool and mostly dry, add it to the other ingredients in the bowl
    4. Add 1 ¼ cups of the homemade chipotle ranch dressing and stir well to combine
    5. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving

Notes

You will have about ½ cup of the creamy chipotle ranch leftover that you can stir into the pasta salad when you serve it, if desired. Pasta salad will dry out in the fridge, so this is a good way to add more creaminess when you serve the leftovers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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