Tex-Mex Pasta Salad

A light and creamy green-salsa dressing highlights this easy pasta salad with Southwestern flavors.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
3 cups


  • 1 tablespoon tomatillo salsa

  • 1 tablespoon low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ¾ cup frozen shelled edamame (4 oz.), cooked according to package directions, drained and cooled

  • ½ cup cooked orzo, preferably whole-wheat, cooled

  • ¼ cup chopped red onion

  • 2 tablespoons shredded pepper Jack cheese

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • Hot sauce, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon toasted pepitas (see Tip)

  • Lime wedge, for serving


  1. Whisk salsa and yogurt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, edamame, orzo, onion, and cheese in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, and the salsa dressing; toss to combine. Season with hot sauce to taste, sprinkle with pepitas, and serve with lime wedge, if desired.


Tip: Pepitas are pumpkin seeds, but they differ from the seeds you scrape out of your Halloween pumpkin: they come from certain varieties of pumpkins that produce seeds without a tough outer hull. You can find pepitas in bulk bins in natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, and online at nuts.com and elsewhere. To toast: Set a small pan over medium heat and add pepitas. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes.

To make ahead: Cook pasta up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
13g Fat
51g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 15g 55%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 5079IU 102%
Vitamin C 177mg 197%
Folate 358mcg 90%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 134mg 32%
Potassium 1229mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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