Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Pasta Salad


Serve this colorful, veggie-packed pasta salad at your next outdoor gathering. From creamy avocado to crunchy bell peppers, this pasta salad is full of texture and flavor. A homemade herb-lime vinaigrette ties everything together.

black bean corn avocado pasta salad
Photo: Jen Causey
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 ½ cups whole-wheat medium pasta shells

  • 1 ½ cups corn kernels

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • cup vinegar, such as red-wine, champagne, white balsamic or rice

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 ½ cups chopped red bell pepper

  • 1 cup diced avocado

  • ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese

  • ½ cup sliced pickled jalapeños


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook according to package directions. During the last minute of cooking, add corn. Drain; transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine oil, vinegar, cilantro, shallot, lime juice, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and shake until well combined.

  3. Add beans, bell pepper, avocado, cotija and jalapeños to the pasta and corn in the large bowl; toss to combine. Add the vinaigrette; mix until well coated.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 704IU 14%
Vitamin C 27mg 30%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Vitamin K 5mcg 4%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 314mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%

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.

Updated by
Carolyn Malcoun
Carolyn Malcoun

As EatingWell's food editor, Carolyn Malcoun searches for cool farmers, chefs and other food stories to tell. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a culinary arts degree from New England Culinary Institute. She started at EatingWell as an intern in the Test Kitchen in 2005 and joined the editorial team soon after.

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