Southwestern Pasta Salad

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This easy salad recipe has a zesty Greek yogurt dressing and is full of fixings from taco seasoning to cilantro, cheddar cheese, black beans, avocado, and corn. It's easy to mix up ahead of time, too. This is a great food idea to serve at gatherings and potlucks; the recipe yields ten servings. For the pasta salad, you will need kosher salt, dry pasta, corn kernels, black beans, shredded Cheddar, cherry tomatoes, avocados, and chopped cilantro. For the zesty salad dressing, you'll need Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic, limes, jalapeno, taco seasoning and kosher salt. This salad recipe looks as good as it tastes, and is an easy salad recipe you'll want to make again. For the full easy salad recipe, you'll want to take a look at the Delish site.

People can't get enough of pasta salad recipes. Pasta salads are so versatile, and with the variety of pasta shells available there are so many flavorful recipes that can include a medley of vegetables, and sometimes meat and cheese, this side dish recipe is a mainstay of summer picnics and backyard get-togethers. Before whipping up a pasta salad for your next gathering, you want to be sure and follow some tips for pasta salad success. To start you want to make sure and use the right size and shape of pasta. When it comes to picking the pasta for your easy salad recipe, there are a lot of choices. And believe it or not, the size and the shape of the pasta matter when you make this food idea. It's best to stay away from fresh pasta, as it doesn't hold up quite as well. Also, while linguine and spaghetti varieties are delicious, pasta salad isn't the food idea you want to use them in. For a standout pasta salad recipe, you want to stick with dried pasta varieties instead of fresh. This way the salad can be served chilled or at room temperature and holds up well when it is tossed with dressing and other ingredients. Also, short pasta shapes, such as those that have nooks and crannies like farfalle, fusilli, rotini, and penne are great choices for pasta salad recipes. Their small size makes these varieties easy to serve and eat, and their little folds and tiny pockets help to provide plenty of spaces to trap in the salad dressing, herbs, and small ingredients.

Make sure not to overcook or undercook the pasta for your easy salad recipe. Pasta is the star of this easy salad recipe, so it's important to make sure that the pasta is cooked just right. Leave the pasta on the stove too long, and you'll find yourself with mushy pasta, and if you take the pasta off too soon, and the noodles will be too tough. An important thing to remember about pasta when making your food ideas is that it will harden and get chewy as it cools. And since it's not being served hot or with a sauce, the pasta benefits from an extra minute of cooking, but make sure not to let it get too mushy. For a well-cooked pasta salad recipe, plan to cook the pasta noodles until just past al dente. Adding an extra minute to the cook time will help keep the pasta soft while it cools. There is no reason to wait until the pasta noodles are completely cooled to add the salad dressing.

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