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Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad

How is your summer? Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying summer! It is 100 degrees here in Austin, TX. As soon as I step outside, I feel like my body immediately starts to melt. The sun is no joke here. All I want is ice coffee, ice tea, ice cream, ice everything... So naturally, quick and gigantic salads are on the menu to make this long summer tasty, filling, and healthy. This pasta salad is one of these recipes. It is packed with flavor and proteins, but without the meat. All you need to do is to cook some pasta, make a dressing and throw some everyday ingredients all together.

5 from 1 reviews

A delightful vegetarian pasta salad packed with flavor, fresh vegetables and beans.

Ingredients

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini, cooked and drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) corn, drained
  • 34 stalks green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese (or more)

For the dressing:

  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle ranch dressing
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope of hot and spicy taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Chipotle chili powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according the package instruction. Drain, rinse in cold water, drain again.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the dressing by mixing all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn, and green onions.
  4. Pour the dressing over pasta (1 cup at a time) and add cheese to your liking. Mix thoroughly. Taste, add more dressing if desired.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge for an hour.

Notes

You will probably have more dressing than you need. The remaining dressing can be used for another salad or simply enjoy it as a dip. This pasta salad can be chilled in the fridge for up to one week. Recipe adapted from Food.com.

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Keywords: pasta salad

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