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

Preparation 0:10 2017-06-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:11 2017-06-24T00:11:00+00:00 Total Time 0:21 2017-06-24T00:21:00+00:00
Serves 8     adjust servings


  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 c
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories Calories from fat
% Daily Value

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 25g 80g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g


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