Monday, June 30, 2014

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

A creamy and slightly spicy ranch dressing, envelops tender pasta, black beans, avocado and cheese; in this Tex Mex pasta salad.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Tex Mex Pasta Salad

We are finally on Summer Vacation and it feels glorious. You can not believe how wonderful it felt, to go to bed last night, knowing I didn't have to set the alarm to wake up for school! We've enjoyed relaxing at home, visiting the Farmer's Market and making plans for the summer. Today we are heading downtown to enjoy Promenade Days. It is a 4 day celebration, highlighting local businesses. A whole section of our downtown core is cut of to vehicular traffic, so that we can browse local shops and enjoy food from local vendors and restaurants. Of course there is also carnival rides, which makes it all that much more exciting for the kids, LOL.

When our plans are full of summer fun, I like to have a big bowl of pasta salad (or potato salad) in the fridge, ready to go, for when we come home tired and hungry. Since I've been on a BIG avocado kick lately, I decided to go the Tex Mex route with my pasta salad. There is just something about the flavours of Tex Mex food, that makes me want to dive right in and never come up for air. The slight spice, the creamy beans, and buttery avocado bring this pasta salad to a whole new level. A touch of ranch brings a wonderful and familiar taste to it all and leaves you wanting a second helping, every time.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

1- 16 oz box of macaroni pasta
2 avocados, chopped and tossed in lime juice
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
1/2 C medium Cheddar, cut into small cubes

1/4 C mayonnaise
1/4 C sour cream
2 Tbs ranch powder
1/4 C salsa (I used mild)

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to package directions. Drain and let cool completely.

Once pasta is cooled, place in a large bowl with avocado, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch powder and salsa. Pour over the pasta and toss gently to coat and combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hr, before serving.

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Linda @ForkandForage said...

This looks wonderful, Cindy! I love how easy it is to throw together. :)

Nettie Moore said...

Oh Yum! Loo Hoo! I love pasta salad with avocado and your Tex Mex combo is awesome!Nettie

Tara Noland said...

Great combo of flavors, yum!!

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Yummy! This would be perfect with my Santa Fe turkey burgers. Stopping by from Anything Goes Tuesday party.

Hadia said...

What a great combination Cindy!

Michelle Meche said...

Happy Canada Day, Cindy!
I've been looking for a new pasta salad for the 4th of July...thanks for sharing your Tex Mex (yum, of course) style salad!

I think I might actually have something to share at Simple Suppers next week!

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious cindy, lovely meal idea, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I am pinning it.

NewMrsAdventures said...

I love pasta salad, and never thought to make a tex-mex twist to it! Can't wait to try this. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!