Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

5 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Everyone will love this Mexican-inspired pasta salad recipe. We lighten up the creamy dressing with avocado for a healthier version of a picnic favorite.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • Dressing
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Pasta Salad
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. To prepare dressing: Combine avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic, salt and cumin in a mini food processor. Puree until smooth.
  2. To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, then drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in tomatoes, beans, corn, Cheddar, onion and cilantro. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 290 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 37 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 38 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 401 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 80 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 343 mg sodium; 254 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 fat, ½ vegetable, 2 starch, ½ high-fat protein

Reviews 5

June 06, 2017
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By: h.mckune
great! the only change i made was that I used a little less pasta.
June 01, 2017
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By: Deborah
I will try this when my cherry tomatoes come in. In my garden I also have cilantro growing and garlic so the recipe is very easy thank you very much I will try this very soon looks very yummy and is very easy I will not change a thing
May 09, 2017
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By: thersrud
Easy to make and the avocado dressing is yummy but a little too tart. I topped it with grilled chicken for a one dish meal. Next time around I'll reduce the lime juice and increase the cumin. Definitely will make this again.
July 24, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Very good and easy to make esp in hot weather. For extra protein a can of salmon or tuna makes a good addition.
May 09, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
So delicious! I made this pasta salad for Mother's Day. Everyone loved it. The Avocado dressing really makes this salad. I did not use fresh cilantro because my husband does not like it, but the salad was good without it. Pros: very easy to make, healthy ingredients
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