Southwest Pasta Salad

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If you're looking for a quick and easy pasta salad recipe that isn't your run of the mill recipe, then this is for you. We've made this for quite some time. I make it as written, but Ryan Barrett Walkush swears that it would also be tasty with jalapeno peppers in it, so give that a try if you're adventurous.
This is the perfect dish to take to all of those summer cookouts!

Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad
16 oz. rotini pasta
2/3 cups Ranch dressing
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Place in a large mixing bowl. Mix with Ranch dressing, beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, and spices.
  3. Chill salad in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Note: Ryan Barrett Walkush LOVES this recipe (and he hates most pasta salads) BUT he is not a fan of onions in general. Therefore, you will notice that this recipe is written with a mere 1 teaspoon of onion powder. If you are a fan of onions, feel free to substitute this ingredient with some chopped green onions or a small diced white or red onion.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful ! I think I will add Cilantro

Anonymous said...

Just my kind of recipe; I hate onions too! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This was yummy. Only thing I added was cilantro. Spices were tasty enough that I didn't even add salt or pepper. Will be great with the fajita buffet we're planning for the 4th.

Anonymous said...

This was so yummy!!! I doubled it, and added 2 Chicken breast to it! It was one, more filling and two, added some protein too it!

Anonymous said...

This was awesome! I used a southwestern ranch dressing and also added chicken.

Anonymous said...

This was great! I added a smidge extra ranch, green onions and cilantro! Perfect for our Mexican themed potluck!

Donna Walkush said...

Glad it worked out for you, Anonymous! It's certainly not your average pasta salad! ;-)

Rachel Page said...

Drooooling at my desk. We’re going to a family potluck on Sunday. This would be a perfect dish to bring! :)

Donna Walkush said...

Thank you, Rachel! Since this is one of our most pinned recipes, we've seen several recommendations to use Rotel instead of fresh tomatoes. You can also add more Ranch dressing if you prefer a creamier pasta salad. It's VERYversatile and definitely not the same old, same old! Have fun on Sunday! ;-)

Linda Lopez said...

Hi can you make it with mayonnaise instead of ranch I'm not a big fan of ranch?

Donna Walkush said...

Hi Linda, if you don't like Ranch dressing, give it a try with mayo instead. Might want to give it a final taste test before serving to see if you need to increase any of the other spices, since Ranch already has some seasoning and mayo does not. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

If I use Southwest Ranch would you still recommend the additional spices?

Donna Walkush said...

Hi Anonymous! My first inclination would be to say yes. There is a lot of pasta and vegetables to cover, and you don't want your pasta salad to turn out bland. However, a sure-fire way to tell would be to add the Ranch first and then taste your concoction. If you like what it tastes like, then don't add the extra spices. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I added Cilantro and it was delicious! I made it for Labor day, the party was full of vegetarians that loved it.

Donna Walkush said...

Glad to hear it was a hit!

Anonymous said...

Could you give me this recipe with amounts to feed 25 people?

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