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I love the combination of (what I consider) southwestern flavors. A little corn, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro – maybe some peppers, onion, and jalapeno too. These flavors just make me think of summer time. For this southwestern pasta salad I decided to use mostly canned vegetables, for convenience sake.
I went to Walmart and grabbed a can of Hunt’s Petite Diced Tomatoes, along with a can of black beans and some leftover corn on the cob we had at home. Hunt’s cans their tomatoes within a few hours of picking them off the plant. They are then flash steamed with water only and preserved with only natural ingredients.
This pasta salad made a great dinner for us, as its a cold salad it was nice and refreshing and didn’t heat up our kitchen to much in this hot summer heat. It would also be a perfect addition to a summer bbq or pot luck!
- 1 can Hunt's petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 2 ears of corn (corn cut off) or 1 can corn, drained
- 1 roasted red pepper, diced
- ¼ cup onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- juice of ½ lime
- 1 cup grilled chicken, chopped
- 4 oz bowtie pasta
- Combine your tomatoes, black beans, corn, red pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, garlic salt, and lime juice in a medium sized bowl.
- Cover and place in your refrigerator for about 3 hours so ingredients can soak together flavors.
- Cook your bowtie noodles according to package instructions.
- Mix in your noodles and your chicken until combined.
Enjoy this delicious pasta salad as a main dish or an addition to your summer picnic/potluck!