Happy Tuesday, guys!

I’m bringing you my new favorite pasta salad recipe the day after I decided to go completely Paleo for a week! Gahhhhh!

My husband grilled both nights over the weekend and left me in charge of side dishes. (He made this chicken with thighs instead of breasts and it was delicious and then he did the boys’ favorite smoked sausage with barbecue sauce.) 

I always go for the same couple side dishes with grilled foods. I always go for the same broccoli salad because we never get tired of it and then always pasta salad.

I tried this Southwestern Pasta Salad recipe because it seemed lighter than most pasta salad recipes. No heavy sauce, you know? This recipe uses salsa and then a light olive oil and lime juice dressing – it’s delicious! I’m obsessed with all things bean right now (conveniently not Paleo) and I was all about the combination of  black beans, corn, and avocado. 

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Southwestern Pasta Salad
  • 1 pound small pasta
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 10- ounce package frozen corn thawed
  • 2 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 8 ounces shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • freshly ground salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado diced
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beans, thawed corn, tomatoes, cheese, and salsa. Add the cooled pasta and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and salt and pepper until combined. Pour over the pasta salad and toss to combine.
  4. Right before serving, add cilantro, and avocado and gently toss.




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