Mexican Macaroni Salad

Spice and lime flavor this crowd-pleasing meatless salad.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 8

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
  • 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
    27%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    75mg
    75%;
    Sodium
    1210mg
    1210%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    61g
    61%
    (Dietary Fiber
    8g
    8%
      Sugars
    4g
    4%
    ),
    Protein
    17g
    17%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    30%;
    Calcium
    15%;
    Iron
    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 Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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