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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 267.8
  • Total Fat: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.0 mg
  • Sodium: 546.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 45.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.0 g
  • Protein: 14.2 g

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Southwest Pasta Salad

Submitted by: RDEPASS
Southwest Pasta Salad

Introduction

Quick and nutritious, this zesty take on pasta salad is a family favorite. Garnish with fresh herbs and black olives. Quick and nutritious, this zesty take on pasta salad is a family favorite. Garnish with fresh herbs and black olives.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 (8-ounce) box small whole-wheat pasta
    1 (15-ounce) can corn
    1 (15-ounce) can black beans
    1 cup salsa (any variety)
    1 cup shredded, low fat cheddar cheese
    1 cup diced green pepper (bell pepper)
    Optional: add garlic powder, black pepper, or cayenne pepper to taste (in any combination)

Tips

Tomatoes are a great addition to this recipe.


Directions

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and put into large bowl.

Drain and reserve the liquids from the canned corn and black beans.

Combine all ingredients with the cooked pasta in a large bowl and mix well. Add small amounts of the reserved canned liquids if desired.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Serve cool or at room temperature. Serves 8 as main course, or up to 16 as side dish.






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  • Incredible!
    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
    I made this for a fourth of july party this weekend. Instead of green peppers, I added a can of mild green chilis. I also added a can of diced tomatoes because when making it before, it seemed just a little dry. This combo was PERFECT and everyone raved about this salad! - 7/6/09

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  • Very Good
    46 of 49 people found this review helpful
    I'd hold the cheddar cheese and add a dressing made of fresh lime juice, a scant bit of olive oil, a dash of cayenne, thinky sliced/chopped jelapeno, and a green onion sliced thin. - 5/20/09

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  • Very Good
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    I used penne pasta. And actually added greens (spinach) which increased the portion size, added some folate and tasted really good. - 2/19/08

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  • Very Good
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Very good - we used pepperjack cheese instead of the lowfat cheddar and a bit of extra lime juice. People who find recipes like this bland, maybe change your salsa. I've found when a recipe calls for a good quantity of salsa, it pays to pay a little extra for a really good flavorful brand. - 7/31/08

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad! I tweeked it also... diced tomatoes and green chiles and some lime juice ! - 7/7/09

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  • Good
    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
    Godo but I added some cilantro and jalapeno peppers. - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I made this with gluten free pasta. For dinner I added chicken. I think it needs a bit of spice and more veggies - I added broccoli. - 2/1/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    It was a great recipe, my only complaint to speak of, was there wasn't an amount each serving was. The recipe made 9 1/2 cup servings, so I wasn't sure if each serving was 3/4 of a cup or what, so for those of us really measuring everything, that is very important. But other wise it was a hit. - 4/23/07

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I often crave Mexican foods and this one hit the spot. Made it just like the recipe stated and it was great. Will try some of the other options in comments. - 3/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    great recipe. I added tomatoes, hot sauce, cilantro, cumin & lime juice. It was fantastic at room temp. & everyone loved it! - 3/5/09

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  • Very Good
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! I added some diced avocado and 2 tablespoons nonfat greek yogurt for a creamy touch :) - 7/8/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Just great!!added tomatoes, chicken and a little chipolte tobasco to spicen it up, incredible!!!!17 yr old son really loved it!!! - 9/15/08

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  • Very Good
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Great! I did add some Boca Crumbles, garlic salt, cumin and lime juice for more flavor..... - 6/15/07

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I kept the cheese, added some chicken that I drizzeled with 1/2 of a fresh lime then I put a med/large fresh tomatoe and can of mild green chilies in the blender gave it a whirl to make it good and juicy and poored it over . It was good. - 7/17/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was good. I added fresh choppd jlalapeno and red onion. - 9/15/08

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  • Good
    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night, but I followed the suggestions that I read in the other reviews, and aded fresh lime jucie and purple onion. I would have also added cilantro, but I didn't have any on hand. I also added a cooked and chopped chicken breast and left out the cheese, to reduce fat and add prot - 11/13/07

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  • 6 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I like pasta salad and will add some chicken to make it a meal. - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very good and easy to make. I left out the green pepper and added grilled chicken seasoned in cajun powder. - 4/10/08

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is a great salad. I added two chopped fresh tomatoes instead of green peppers, plus some grilled chicken. I'll definitely make this again! - 8/21/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very good, I made this tonight for dinner. I used Green Giant Southwestern style corn. Very easy to make. - 8/11/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I love black beans and this was just another excuse to serve them again! And to mix them with corn, another family favorite, was a real plus! This recipe goes into my box! - 7/9/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This is great! i've tried it adding fresh diced tomatoes, a little chicken, spinach, green onion, thinnly sliced celery, bell pepper all diced up all work fine. I totally leave out the cilantro. To me it tastes and smells awful (like dirty socks) and I cannot eat things with that as an ingredient - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    It was easy to make - 7/7/09

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  • 5 of 13 people found this review helpful
    There is a recipes just like this in the Instant Pasta salad I make all the time. You buy the Chipolte Ranch pasta salad and you can adda anything (chicken, corn, cheese, beans, etc) My moms fave way is with crushed doritos... just to mention I make mine with light sour cream, really cuts the cal. - 3/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Great Salad. Made it for back to school cookout and everyone loved it. - 8/24/09

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