Southwestern Pasta Salad

This southwestern pasta salad is quick and easy to make.  Perfect for a hot summer day, and it is both vegetarian and vegan.


1 box pasta (preferably rotini)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen, thawed)

1 cup diced green bell pepper

1 can (15oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 cup chopped roma tomatoes (I de-seed mine)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro (or a generous sprinkle of dried cilantro)

garlic powder, to taste

chili powder, to taste

salt to taste


Cook pasta according to the directions.

Combine the oil and lime juice with the spices, then toss with pasta.

Add the corn, beans, green pepper, and cilantro.

Chill, or serve at room temperature.

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Also check out my similar recipe Quinoa with Black Beans & Corn, which is another great summer dish!