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Creamy Southwest Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods

Creamy Southwest Pasta Salad

Looking for a flavorful recipe for your next gathering? This creamy southwest pasta salad is the answer! Loaded with veggies and a creamy, spicy dressing made from Greek yogurt, this pasta salad is a light and Healthyish recipe.
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Ingredients

Creamy Southwest Pasta Salad

  • 6-8 ounces radiatori pasta
  • 1 cup red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno diced , remove seeds and veins
  • 1 cup grilled sweet corn kernels , about 2 ears of corn
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed drained, 15 ounce can
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , sliced in halves
  • 1 medium avocado , sliced or cubed
  • ½ cup packed and chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese , crumbled
  • ¼ cup shallot diced
  • 2 links andouille chicken sausage- optional , grilled and sliced into coins

Creamy Spicy Dressing

  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Equipment

  • pasta pot
  • food processor
  • mixing bowl

Instructions 

Prepare the pasta:

  • Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the package. Al dente preferred.
  • Drain the water, and drizzle the pasta with olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside to cool.

Prepare the dressing:

  • In a food processor, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Blend well.

Prepare the pasta salad:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pasta, diced red bell peppers, diced jalapeno, diced shallot, sliced cherry tomatoes, black beans, grilled corn kernels, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper. Toss well.
  • Next, add the dressing and combine until everything is well coated in the dressing.
  • Top with the crumbled cheddar cheese, avocado and a side of grilled chicken sausage.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 357kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 325mg, Potassium: 635mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1315IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 173mg, Iron: 2mg