SCRUMPTIOUS SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD. A perfect salad for a summer get-together. Add chicken and it is a meal.

Tracking PixelSummer and fall are our favorite times to picnic and get together for an outdoor meal here at StoneGable. We love easy to grill or throw together meals that are super scrumptious, fast and satisfying! And if they can feed a crowd better yet! This weekend we have a houseful of family and friends! So, easy and delicious recipes are a must.

One of our new favorite’s here at StoneGable is SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD. If you like flavors from south-of-the-border, this recipe is a must try! Making it ahead lets the flavors marry and taste even better! Let’s make scrumptious southwest pasta salad with the help of Litehouse who is sponsoring this post.

I made the dressing for the salad using Litehouse Avacado Ranch with Bacon Dressing and Dip. The dressing gave the southwest pasta salad such a great depth of flavor! It’s fresh from the garden taste is perfect for a pasta salad full of fresh ingredients! You can find Litehouse dressing in the refrigerated produce section of your grocer’s. So much better than room temperature dressing. 

I can think of lots of yummy ways to use this dressing! Click HERE to get tons of fabulous Litehouse recipes and visit their blog too!

SCRUMPTIOUS SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD. A perfect salad for a summer get-together. Add chicken and it is a meal.

I took this salad to a picnic this weekend and got rave reviews! 

SCRUMPTIOUS SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD. A perfect salad for a summer get-together. Add chicken and it is a meal.


A pasta salad with lots of flavors from south-of-the-border. Makes a big bowl to feed a crowd! This is NOT rocket science! Use what you like... experiment.
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  • 3 lbs dried pasta I used farfalle and penne cooked and drained
  • 1 13 oz. jar of Litehouse Avocado Ranch with Bacon Dressing and Dip
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 can black beans rinsed
  • 2 can Mexican style corn kernels rinsed
  • 2 small cans of sliced black olives
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 cups Jack cheese shredded
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cups tortilla chips crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the dressing, taco seasoning and the mayonnaise to a bowl and whisk to blend.
  • In a very large bowl add pasta and dressing. Combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients except the tomatoes and tortilla chips
  • Toss to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • The pasta salad can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated.

To serve

  • Add crushed tortilla chips right before serving. Mix
  • Top with tomatoes.


Half or quarter this recipe to make a smaller amount.
To make a warm weather meal add cooked chicken or shredded beef to the pasta and serve on a bed of lettuce.
Servings: 24
Author: Yvonne @ StoneGable

So easy-peasy and everyone just loves it!


SCRUMPTIOUS SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD. A perfect salad for a summer get-together. Add chicken and it is a meal.

A big thanks to Litehouse Dressing for making my SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD so scrumptious and for sponsoring this post.

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    1. A very happy July 4th to you too, Shannon. How nice of you to stop by! xo

  1. Looks yummy, Yvonne! I enjoy trying your recipes. I am having a picnic for 15 family and friends this afternoon, and your potato salad will be on the table. I FINALLY found Hearty Garlic Clausins, so even though this is our third time making this dish, it is the FIRST time with the correct pickle juice. After looking high and low for a year I spotted them, and I almost cried over a jar pickles. My husband thought I was nuts!
    Have a very happy celebration with your houseful.

    1. Julie, If you like the potato salad, you must try this southwest pasta salad. You will like it just as much!

  2. Theresa Kleinschmidt says:

    Yvonne thanks for the recipe. I can hardly wait to make this for my family. Our son is home this week from Kansas for our county fair. This will be an easy dish to make as a side dish or a meal. Happy 4th of July!

  3. Recipe looks delicious and I will try soon. FYI, I live in a small town in northern Idaho (Sandpoint) where Litehouse Dressing began by the Hawkins family. They employ 750 local residents and many more throughout the US. My first job at 14 was in their restaurant also called The Litehouse as a dishwasher. Wonderful, generous family whose company is an asset to our small town

    1. So good to know this. Love that their dressings are made in America by a family owned company!

  4. Vickie Macfarlane says:

    Yvonne, the pasta salad looks and sounds delicious. I cannot wait to try it.
    It is so hot and humid here in Houston right now. I am always looking for a way to keep the kitchen cooler in this heat we have at this time of year.

  5. Can’t wait to try this! It looks so fresh and yummy. Gonna try it with chicken. Thanks Yvonne!

  6. Vicky Delrue says:

    This southwest pasta salad is awesome!!!! Big hit with my family …. Everyone wanted the recipe:)

    1. I know! Who knew how scrumptious it would be! I thought it up, but I’m sure it is not original!

  7. Brenda Attkisson says:

    Love pasta salads. Thanks so much for another great recipe.Looks yummy!

  8. Looks wonderful!
    Right up our alley with the added Chicken for a great summer dinner.
    Sometimes our creative kicks in with a little of this and a little of that
    Surprising us with a great dish that doesn’t hours to complete…We can
    Save the comfort foods for the fall/ winter months.
    Healthy is good tor us especially now!
    Thank you so much Yvonne.