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Southwestern Pasta Salad
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Southwestern Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

This southwestern pasta salad is bright and fresh and summery and healthy, thanks to banza pasta made from chickpeas, tons of veggies, and an avocado yogurt dressing. It’s a perfect potluck salad or easy weeknight side dish to serve alongside grilled chicken, fish, or pork.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 193kcal
Author Cara Lanz

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces chickpea rotini pasta, or regular pasta
  • 10 ounces frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • ¼ cup parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced

Avocado Yogurt Dressing Recipe

  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Boil pasta one minute short of the package directions for al dente pasta. Drain.
  • If you use chickpea pasta, the package will warn you that it gets a bit foamy. More than normal. So if you don’t know about the wooden spoon trick, here you go. Just rest a wooden spoon across the top of your pot while your pasta cooks and it won’t boil over. Scouts honor.

Make Avocado Yogurt Dressing

  • In food processor or blender, add ½ of an avocado, ½ cup Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, juice and zest of one lime, and 1 tablespoon honey. Process until smooth and creamy.
  • In a large bowl, add pasta, corn, beans, tomatoes, red onion, parsley, feta, green onion, and avocado yogurt dressing.
  • Toss until thoroughly mixed. Garnish with parsley and tomatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg