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Santa Fe Pasta Salad

I’ve been on a salad kick lately and love finding summer salads I can add to my healthy recipes index! This Santa Fe Pasta Salad in particular is so yummy and versatile and has a delicious southwestern flavor dressing.

Healthy Recipes: Santa Fe Pasta Salad

Healthy Recipes: Santa Fe Pasta Salad

This salad is sentimental for me because my mom used to make it all the time before she succumbed to a glioblastoma brain tumor. I like to have some carbs in my salads so I added pasta, but you can totally make this without pasta if you wish! The original recipe I got this from years ago called for romaine lettuce, which is also filling and full of vitamins.

Santa Fe Southwestern Style Pasta Salad

Santa Fe Pasta Salad

Santa Fe Pasta Salad


  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 medium scallion minced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 can black beans rinsed and drained, or dry beans, soaked and boiled
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup baby spinach diced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes but can use diced fresh tomato
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper diced
  • 6 oz spiral pasta


    To make the dressing, whisk mayonnaise, cilantro, water, scallion, lime juice, sugar and chili powder together in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
    In a large bowl, layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Cover and refrigerate.
    Recipe Notes
    Storing this salad in layers without the dressing keeps it fresh for up to 4 days.
    To serve, mix salad in bowl and drizzle dressing on top and shake to mix. Yields 1 1/2 tbsp dressing per 2 cups salad.

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Friday 16th of December 2016

I like the black beans added to the pasta.

Alayna @AlaynasCreations

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Looks great! I love southwest flavors and am always looking for a new way to incorporate them. Pinning this to try in the next week or so!

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