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Mexican Pasta Salad

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Mexican Pasta Salad

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A flavorful pasta salad bringing together the flavors of Mexico with fresh cilantro, black beans, tomato, peppers, corn and a light cilantro lime dressing.



  • 3/4 of a box of a 1 lb. box of pasta (I use whole wheat)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (a little extra for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Mexican oregano (or regular oregano if Mexican oregano is too spicy for you}
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package. Once cooked run the pasta under cold water to stop the pasta from cooking further. Set aside.
  2. In a long mixing bowl combine black beans, green pepper, red pepper, corn and cherry tomatoes and mix well. Add pasta once cooled and continue to mix.
  3. In a small food processor combine the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic powder, Mexican oregano. Blend well until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle this cilantro dressing over the pasta salad and mix well. Garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


If you refrigerate the salad you might need to add a bit more dressing if it gets soaked up.

Have a fun weekend & stay warm.


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Ginny McMeans

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

What a beautiful recipe. It sounds so healthy and I can't wait to try it.

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Thanks Ginny! It is healthy and tastes great.

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Thanks Ginny! It is healthy and tastes great. I hope you get a chance to make it.

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

I hope you had a great visit with your parents over the weekend! I love anything Mexican and pasta, you just combined my two faves! PS I think I have the same plate!!


Monday 25th of February 2013

Oh my this looks and sounds amazing! Love making pasta salads!

A Cedar Spoon

Monday 25th of February 2013

You have to try it out! Pasta salads are great--easy to make, healthy and taste good too.


Friday 22nd of February 2013

I actually live in TN and wish we had snow! Plus, I think winter is a great time to make comforting pasta dishes!!

Becky @ Olives n Wine

Friday 22nd of February 2013

This looks like something that I would adore! Plus it is healthy and quick for busy weeknight dinners. Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend with your family :)

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 22nd of February 2013

Thanks Becky! Have a great weekend.