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Southwest Macaroni Salad

(1 Votes)
SERVES
10
CHILL TIME
1 Hr

Step out of the box with this pasta salad recipe that's full of authentic Southwestern flavors. This recipe for Southwestern Macaroni Salad is a hit no matter when you serve it. 

What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound penne, ziti, or other medium pasta shape
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups (about 1 pint) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
What To Do:
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta to desired doneness; drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.
     
  2. In a large bowl, mix together remaining ingredients; stir in pasta. Cover and chill for about 1 hour.
     

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...also use a few shakes of garlic powder or granulated instead of raw garlic. Sprinkle some finely shredded cheddar or Mexican/Taco mix cheese on top before serving. ...and if you're in a real hurry, substitute about 2 cups, or more, of drained, fresh made, "store bought" Pico de Gallo (in produce section) for tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro.

add some chopped jalapenos and cilantro!

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