Easy Tex Mex Pasta Salad


Ingredients
1 package (12 ounces) bowtie noodles 12
1 can roasted corn
1 can black beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 large avocados
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Optional: queso fresco cheese, fresh lime

Dressing:
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. If making this ahead of time (recommended, see note) store in the fridge.
  2. Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water for about 30 seconds. Drain well.
  3. Toss with a few tablespoons of the prepared dressing (make it while the pasta is cooking) and place in the fridge to chill.
  4. Drain the roasted corn. Drain and rinse the black beans.
  5. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Remove the skin and pit of the avocado and chop. Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  6. Toss all the salad ingredients together.
  7. Toss with the salad dressing and enjoy if desired with crumbled queso fresco and a squeeze of fresh lime.


Recipe Notes
This salad is best chilled. Best way to do that is to make the dressing ahead of time and chill it in the fridge for a few hours and then to also have the veggies in the fridge before chopping them up. If everything is chilled beforehand it can be enjoyed pretty soon after prepping it.


Original Recipes visit: Easy Tex Mex Pasta Salad @ chelseasmessyapron.com

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