Mexican Pasta Salad

Mexican Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 10 mins (plus 1 hour to chill)
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 10 mins 
  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 10 mins (plus 1 hour to chill)
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 10 mins 

Mexican Pasta Salad

  • Prep : 10 mins
  • Cooking : 10 mins
  • Serves : 6

Ingredients

Serves 6
  • 2 cups small shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh or chunky salsa (medium or hot)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (5 ounces) canned green chilies, drained
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 6 slices Panera Bread Tomato Basil bread
  • 2 cups small shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh or chunky salsa (medium or hot)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (5 ounces) canned green chilies, drained
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 6 slices Panera Bread Tomato Basil bread

Directions

Step 1.

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain.

Step 2.

Meanwhile, put the lime juice in a large serving bowl. Whisk in the oil in a slow steady steam until incorporated. Stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, and salsa.

Step 3.

Add the hot pasta to bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, beans, chilies, and cilantro or parsley. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Tip: If you can’t find small shells, use elbow macaroni, ditalini, or another small shaped pasta.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 478 calCalories
  • 15 gProtein
  • 75 gCarbohydrates
  • 13 gFat
  • 0 mgCholesterol
  • 1500 mgSodium
  • 7 gDietary Fiber