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Mexican Macaroni Salad

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  15 reviews
  • 30 min prep time
  • 1 hr 30 min total time
  • 13 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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Spice and lime flavor this crowd-pleasing meatless salad.

Bake-Off® Contest 42, 2006
Cheryl Amato
South Amboy, New Jersey

Ingredients

6
cups uncooked rotini pasta (1 lb)
1
to 2 tablespoons grated lime peel (from 2 medium limes)
3
to 4 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 medium limes)
1
cup ranch dressing
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1
large avocado, pitted, peeled and finely chopped
1
pint (2 cups) cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2
medium green onions, sliced (including tops)
1
can (19 oz) Progresso™ red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1
can (6 oz) pitted large ripe olives, drained, cut in half
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained

Steps

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, grate peel from limes; place in small bowl. Squeeze juice from limes; add to peel in bowl. Stir in dressing and taco seasoning mix. Stir avocado into dressing mixture.
  • 3 In large serving bowl, toss pasta with all remaining ingredients. Pour dressing mixture over salad; toss gently to mix. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving to blend flavors.
  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, grate peel from limes; place in small bowl. Squeeze juice from limes; add to peel in bowl. Stir in dressing and taco seasoning mix. Stir avocado into dressing mixture.
  • 3 In large serving bowl, toss pasta with all remaining ingredients. Pour dressing mixture over salad; toss gently to mix. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving to blend flavors.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
250
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
75mg
24%
Sodium
1210mg
50%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
8g
33%
Sugars
4g
4%
Protein
17g
17%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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