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Santa Fe Pasta Salad Recipe

Santa Fe Pasta Salad Recipe

Prep Time 15min Cook Time 1h

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.

by Anne Coleman

What you'll need

  • 8 oz. uncooked medium shells pasta
  • 4 cups of a combination of the following:
  • black beans
  • corn kernels
  • diced red pepper
  • cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • grilled chicken breast chunks
  • 2 cups chili lime dressing

Helpful Tip:

There are some salads that need a bit more or less dressing, but if you do it often enough, you can get a good idea what is needed beforehand.


Yields 8 servings

How to make it

  1. Cook the pasta until done to desired tenderness and drain well. Al dente is best since soaking in dressing can cause the pasta to become mushy. Cool completely.
  2. Toss with beans, corn, red pepper, cheese, chicken chunks and dressing.
  3. Chill for an hour before serving.