Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Need a crowd-sized salad? Try a jazzed-up flavorful pasta salad you can have ready in just 30 minutes.

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

12

servings

2
boxes Betty Crocker® Suddenly Salad® classic pasta salad mix
1/2
cup cold water
1/3
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons cider vinegar
1
tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1
to 2 tablespoons red pepper sauce, if desired
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1
can (15 oz) Progresso® black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with jalapeños, drained
1
can (11 oz) Green Giant® SteamCrisp® Mexicorn® whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1/2
cup sliced ripe olives
1/2
cup chopped red, yellow or green bell pepper
1
medium avocado, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8
oz pepper Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)
Romaine lettuce leaves, if desired
  1. Empty Pasta mixes into 4-quart saucepan 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently boil uncovered 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together Seasoning mixes, cold water, olive oil, vinegar, cilantro, pepper sauce and cumin.
  3. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Shake to drain well. Add pasta, beans, tomatoes, corn, olives, bell pepper, avocado and cheese to seasoning mixture; toss gently to coat. If desired, serve on a platter lined with lettuce leaves. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving.
Makes 12 servings (1 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Do-Ahead
Make this salad up to 24 hours before serving. Give it a stir before serving.
Special Touch
Wrap the salad up in lettuce leaves for a fresh new dinner idea.
Special Touch
If you love cilantro, add extra or sprinkle some extra over the salad before serving.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 340
    • (Calories from Fat 130),
  • Total Fat 14g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 920mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 42g
    • (Dietary Fiber 5g,
    • Sugars 6g),
  • Protein 11g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.