Simple to make & packed with flavor, this Southwest Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a perfect recipe for summer!
We 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!
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
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
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain & rinse in cool water.
- Add the drained pasta to a large bowl, and mix in the corn salsa & grape tomatoes.
- 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.
- Pour the dressing over the pasta, toss to coat. Serve immediately topped with the tortilla strips.
- *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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