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Mexican Pasta Salad {Fiesta Pasta Salad Recipe}

Easy, fresh and flavorful Mexican Pasta Salad recipe that’s the perfect summer side dish!

easy Mexican pasta salad recipe

I tend to have a lot of cravings for Mexican food, but living in the suburbs of St. Louis, good Mexican is hard to come by without a 20 to 30 minute drive, so I’m always playing with food to find new ways to get my fix. I turned my favorite salad dressing into a Mexican Pasta Salad recipe that is light, refreshing and has just enough kick.

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad

Last year I shared a light and easy pasta salad recipe which proved very popular both in our home and with readers. Growing up, I had never cared for pasta salad because I had mostly had mayonnaise based pasta salads which felt a bit heavy.

Mexican pasta salad

Most of my vinaigrette recipes make a great pasta salad, including the ever popular cilantro lime vinaigrette I’m using today to mix up this fiesta pasta salad.

How to make Mexican Pasta Salad

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad

How to make Mexican Pasta Salad:

Fiesta Mexican Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 11 mins Total Time 21 mins
Yields 8

Easy, fresh and flavorful Mexican Pasta Salad recipe that's the perfect summer side dish!


  • 1/2 bunch or a handful of cilantro
  • 1/4 c lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeno destemmed {remove seeds for less kick}
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 8 cracks of salt
  • 3/4 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 pound dry pasta
  • queso fresco
  • 1 tomato, diced


Boil a pot of water over high heat.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, red wine vinegar, salt, spicy mustard and olive oil.
Boil noodles 10-11 minutes and drain.
In a large bowl, combine noodles and dressing. Top with diced tomato, queso fresco and optional jalapeño.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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4 comments on “Mexican Pasta Salad {Fiesta Pasta Salad Recipe}”

  1. WOW ! These look delicious and tasty ! I Love this recipe ! I will definitely be trying it !

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