Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Simple to make & packed with flavor, this Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a perfect recipe for summer!

Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette | MomsTestKitchen.comWe live on pasta salads during the summer. Those & simple wraps. These are the two easiest things to get made with out heating up your kitchen. Because trust me, when it’s 100+ degrees in a Texas summer, adding heat to your home is something you definitely do not want to do!

Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette |

This Southwest Pasta Salad was so easy to make & absolutely delicious. Everything comes together super fast. There’s hardly any chopping involved. The dressing mixes up so easily. I like a little extra crunch with my pasta salads so I topped my bowl with tortilla strips, which were delicious mixed in, but that’s totally optional to your tastes!

Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette |


Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: serves 4


for the pasta salad:
1 box (12 ounces) farfalle pasta
about 2 cups corn salsa, homemade or store bought
1 cup grape tomatoes
crispy tortilla strips, optional
for the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:
6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
juice from 5 small limes
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain & rinse in cool water.
  2. Add the drained pasta to a large bowl, and mix in the corn salsa & grape tomatoes.
  3. In a small blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients for the Cilantro Lime Dressing. Gently pulse until the cilantro is minced & the dressing is well mixed & easy to pour over the pasta.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta, toss to coat. Serve immediately topped with the tortilla strips.
  5. *if not serving immediately, pour only part of the dressing over the pasta, just enough to coat, & then place in the fridge until ready to serve. Add the remaining dressing to the pasta & toss to coat right before serving.

RECIPE INSPIRED BY: Chelsea’s Messy Apron


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  1. says

    Yum. I love pasta salad and prefer ones with vinaigrette (over mayo dressings). I’ll have to give this a try for sure. Just pinned it too. Thanks. )


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