Southwestern Pasta Salad

 This Southwestern pasta salad is a light but filling dish perfect for hot summer days! Enjoy as a light lunch, or add shredded chicken for an easy, delicious dinner.  

Serves: 10-12


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked mini farfalle or bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) plain yogurt, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans* (15.25 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 8 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups medium salsa
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. 
2. Meanwhile, stir 1 cup yogurt and 2 tablespoons lime juice in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

3. Combine the pasta, black beans, corn and cheese in a large bowl.

4. Whisk the salsa, cilantro, remaining yogurt and lime juice in another large bowl. Pour over pasta mixture; gently toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


*Want to use fresh corn? Grill or boil eight medium ears of corn and cut kernels off the cob to use in place of canned corn!

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