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Fiesta Pasta Salad Recipe | Mexican Pasta Salad

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad

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 fiesta 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. 

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | 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. 

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad

Fiesta Pasta Salad

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


  • 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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3 comments on “Fiesta Pasta Salad Recipe | Mexican Pasta Salad”

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

  2. Pingback: 20 Quick & Easy Pasta Salad Recipes - Simply Stacie

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