Southwest Pasta Salad- Two Peas & Their Pod

This Southwest Pasta Salad is the perfect cold pasta salad for potlucks, parties, or a quick and easy meal. It can be made in advance and Your friends and family will love this pasta salad recipe!

We LOVE making and eating pasta salads during the hot summer months because they don’t require much cooking, you only have to cook the pasta, which only takes about 10 minutes.

Plus, pasta salads can be made in advance. I always love having one in the fridge for easy lunches and dinners.

This Southwest Pasta Salad is a family favorite and always a crowd pleaser. It is simple to make and the flavors are fresh and delicious.

It has all of my favorite ingredients in one bowl. Pasta with tomatoes, avocado, corn, peppers, olives, cilantro, and MORE! This one is loaded with goodness and the refreshing lime dressing is so nice!

I love the Southwest inspired flavors in this pasta salad:

The salad also has a simple lime dressing that pulls all of the flavors together. It is light and refreshing, which makes this salad perfect for summertime.

How to Make Southwest Pasta Salad

How to Store

You can make this pasta salad in advance, just wait to add the avocado and Cotija cheese. When you are ready to eat and serve, add the avocado and cheese, and stir again. The pasta salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

This Southwest Pasta Salad is great for potlucks, parties, BBQ’s, and easy meals! It is a summer favorite!
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For the pasta salad:

For the dressing:

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse well to cool.
While the pasta is cooking, combine the onion, tomatoes, pepper, corn, and olives in a large mixing bowl.
In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Add the cooked pasta to the bowl with the vegetables, and pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables. Stir until all of the ingredients are well coated. Sprinkle cilantro over the pasta and stir again. Cover with a lid and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Add avocado and cheese right before serving and gently stir.
Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 301mg, Potassium: 308mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 520IU, Vitamin C: 33.6mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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