πŸ‡ πŸ₯— Southwest Pasta Salad for Easter Day 2024

πŸ‡ πŸ₯— Southwest Pasta Salad for Easter Day 2024: There is cold pasta, grilled chicken, and vegetables in this southwest pasta salad. It is all covered in a tasty chipotle ranch sauce. It’s a great side dish for a summer barbecue or party, or you can eat it any time for a lighter lunch or dinner.

πŸ‡ πŸ₯— Southwest Pasta Salad for Easter Day 2024

Ingredients

  • 12Β ozΒ rotini pastaΒ (or other medium sized noodled)
  • 1Β canΒ black beansΒ (drained and rinsed)
  • 1Β canΒ cornΒ (drained)
  • 1Β cupΒ bell pepperΒ (diced)
  • 1Β cupΒ red onionΒ (diced)
  • 1Β cupΒ cherry or grape tomatoesΒ (cut in half)
  • 1/2Β cupΒ cilantroΒ (chopped)
  • 2Β cupsΒ grilled chickenΒ (chopped)
  • 1Β cupΒ chipotle ranch dressing

Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl

Instructions

  • Cook your noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Allow to drip dry.
  • Drain your black beans, and corn, and rinse.
  • Cut up your bell pepper, red onion, and tomatoes.
  • Chop up your cilantro.

A bowl of noodles, red onion, bell peppers, black beans, chicken, tomatoes, corn, and cilantro

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  • Chop up your chicken.
  • In a large bowl, stir together your pasta, black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and chicken.
  • Stir in the chipotle ranch dressing until everything is evenly coated.
  • Cover bowl and place in the fridge for 1 hour, up to a few hours, then serve.

Tips for making southwest pasta salad:

  • Get everything ready while the noodles are cooking, then put it all away until you need it.
  • For this salad, you’ll need 2 cups of cooked chicken. You can use a sautΓ© pan or the grill to cook your own chicken, or you can buy chicken that has already been cooked. This tastes great with either a roasted chicken or some chopped grilled chicken from the deli.

 

  • Chili ranch will be used as the dressing for this pasta salad. You can buy chili ranch at the store or use the ranch I make at home.

 

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  • This pasta salad lets you choose what goes on top of it. I put in fresh red onion, green bell pepper, tomatoes, and black beans and corn from a can. Avo, chopped jalapeΓ±o, or black olives are some other good toppings.
  • There’s no need to make the whole batch if you don’t want to. Just cut it in half.
    Cheddar, cotjia, queso fresco, or other kinds of cheese can be added to the pasta salad.

 

FAQ

Q. How long does southwest pasta salad last?

This southwest pasta salad is a perfect make ahead dish, because the flavors just meddle more the longer it sets in the fridge. It can stay in a covered container for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.Β 

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This southwest pasta salad has a lot of fresh, tasty foods in it. All of this is served with a delicious creamy dressing. Every bite is so tasty because it has the right amount of different tastes and textures.

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