Southwestern Pasta Salad - healthy pasta salad full of veggies with a delicious creamy avocado dressing.
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Southwestern Pasta Salad

This Southwestern Pasta Salad is easy, healthy and delicious. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southwestern Pasta Salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 256kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor


  • 13.25 ounces 13.25-oz box penne pasta (I love Dreamfield’s Healthy Carb Living Pasta)
  • 15 ounces 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 11 ounces 11-oz can corn with red & green bell peppers
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 avocados pitted and halved
  • 3 green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1/4 lime
  • 3/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning packet or homemade
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour into a large bowl. Add black beans, corn, bell pepper, cilantro, green onions, and cherry tomatoes. Toss.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine avocados, green onions, garlic, cumin, Greek yogurt, lime juice, milk and taco seasoning. Pulse until combined and creamy. If too thick, add a little more milk. Taste and add salt and pepper.
  • Serve with pasta salad either by drizzling with sauce (as shown) or toss to coat pasta and veggies. Enjoy!


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8.9% | Vitamin C: 18.5% | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 9.4%