Southwest Macaroni Salad


Southwest Macaroni Salad

Southwest Macaroni Salad
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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.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 10

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 291
  • Calories from Fat 57
  • Total Fat 6.4g 10 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.6g 3 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 9.2g 18 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 3.9mg 1 %
  • Sodium 358mg 15 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 49g 16 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19 %
  • Sugars 3.8g 0 %

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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!

I love jalapeno in my macaroni salad! The pasta and creamy mayo cut the heat and leave all the flavor. This looks like a great variation on macaroni salad. Penne is one of my favorite pasta shapes. It holds up well and looks more elegant than elbows. Elbows have been overused with processed cheese. lol


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