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Bowl of Southwest Pasta Salad on a White Wooden Surface
Southwestern Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Steal the show at your next cookout, with this hearty southwestern pasta salad. Bursting with hearty black beans, juicy bell pepper, and sweet summer corn kernels in a zesty cilantro-jalapeño dressing!

Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 272 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 8 ounces dried rotini pasta
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (and thawed) corn kernels
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Dressing
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro (about 1 medium bunch), packed
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.

  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the dressing. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.

  3. When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it into a colander and rinse the pasta with cool water.

  4. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and add the dressing, black beans, bell pepper, and corn. Toss to evenly coat everything with the dressing.

  5. Taste-test and adjust any seasonings to your liking.

  6. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.6g18%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Sodium 242mg10%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 35.5g12%
Fiber 5.3g21%
Sugar 2.3g3%
Protein 8.7g17%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.