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Creamy avocado pasta salad variations

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

5 from 3 votes
Created by Mariam E.
A refreshing pasta salad packed with corn, cherry tomatoes, purple onion, and jalapeño tossed with a creamy avocado dressing.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Penne Pasta
  • ½ c. Corn
  • 1 c. Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • ¼ c. Purple Onion chopped
  • ½ Jalapeño seeded, petite diced

Avocado Dressing

  • 2 Avocados ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 Lemon juiced, about ¼ c. juice
  • 1 Garlic clove large
  • ¼ c. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ¼ c. Cilantro fresh
  • ½ tsp. Cumin Powder

Instructions

  • Following the pasta instructions, cook the pasta to al dente.
  • While the pasta cooks, dice the onion, seed and dice the jalapeño, and cut the grape tomatoes in half.
  • Once the pasta cooks to al dente, drain and put in a large bowl.
  • Add the onion, jalapeño, tomatoes, and corn to the bowl with the pasta.
  • In a blender, place peeled and seeded avocados, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, cilantro, and cumin powder. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the creamy avocado dressing over the other ingredients in the bowl. Toss to coat well. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • I seed the jalapeño but you can leave the jalapeño seeds if prefer a little heat.
  • It’s best to avoid fresh pasta, which doesn’t hold up quite as well.
  • For the perfect pasta salad, cook the pasta until just past al dente. 
  • Use extra-salted water when cooking the pasta and it will be well-seasoned by the time it’s cooked.
  •  Toss the pasta with about two-thirds of the dressing while it’s still warm, and add the remainder before serving. he warm pasta will absorb the dressing a lot easier.
  • Placing avocados in a paper bag with ripe bananas will help them ripen faster. 

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1512IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg
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