You’re going to love this Mexican pasta salad dressed with Mexican-inspired Green Goddess dressing. It’s so refreshing and herbaceous, and as a bonus, there’s a vegan option as well!
You could even accent the vegan version with some easy vegan pasta chips spiced with Mexican spices. Yum! Another Vegan option is Veggie Oat Taco Mince found here.
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The Herbs Have It!
When I found out that this month’s Progressive Eats theme was Herbs, I immediately thought of Green Goddess dressing.
And then I thought some more and came up with a dish I’m calling Mexican Pasta Salad with Green Goddess dressing.
Once I came up with the name, I had to figure out how to make it, and figure it out I did.
It is most delicious–herbaceous, tangy, crunchy, creamy, a little spicy, and easily veganized as well.
It all sounds pretty great, right? We have an enormous rosemary bush growing outside in our garden, so I’m all over the lemon rosemary combinations, and as a cilantro fan, I say hooray for chimichurri sauce and cilantro vinaigrette!
Mexican Pasta Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Once I’d landed on what sounded like a good idea to me, I went forth onto the Internet to see
a)how to make traditional Green Goddess dressing, and
b)to see if folks had made a Mexican version. Of course they had.
c)The third item I wanted to check on was if anyone had a vegan version of Green Goddess dressing. And yes, that’s out there, too.
I also remember making the supremely delicious Avocado Tomatillo Taco Truck Sauce from my friend Sandra Gutierrez’s wonderful book Latin American Street Food, so I decided to add some tomatillo into the mix as a nod to Sandra.
You may also enjoy my chipotle ranch pasta salad. Smoky and spicy, it’s a winner too!
Customize It to Make it Your Own
You could absolutely use the resulting dressing on a green salad, but wow is it great with the pasta.
Customize your add ins as you like, and if you’re not vegan, add cheese and/or meat to make this a main course pasta salad, but do make this.
I am here to tell you that this pasta salad needs to happen at your house at your earliest possible convenience.
I think you are really going to love it.
Store your dressing and/or finished pasta salad in the fridge, well-covered, for up to a week. I expect you’ll finish it all way before a week is up, though!
If you vegan, you can switch this up by adding different cooked beans or peas and other of your favorite chopped vegetables. You could even use a chick’n or other vegan meat product to up the protein content. If you are vegetarian, by all means add some cheese like cubed pepper jack or mild cotija cheese. Consider adding cubed or shredded cooked chicken or pulled pork, or seasoned ground beef.
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For the Dressing
- 5 medium tomatillos, peeled of their husks, chopped, and quartered
- 1/4 cup lime juice, from about 2 large limes
- 1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large handful cilantro, about a packed cup
- 1 handful flat leaf parsley, about 1/2 cup
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce*, (omit for vegan)
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 ripe Haas avocado, cut in chunks
For the Salad
- 1 pound pasta, your favorite short shape
- 1 1/2 cups cooked and rinsed black beans, fresh or canned
- 1 1/2 cups sweet corn, fresh or canned
- 3/4 cup diced red onion
- 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers, fresh or canned
- 1/2 cup chopped green chiles, roasted fresh or canned
- 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
- hot sauce, to taste (preferably a green sauce), optional
To Make the Dressing
- Place all ingredients except the avocado, salt and pepper in the jar of your high speed blender (or regular blender).
- Puree until smooth
- Add the avocado and puree until smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To Make the Salad
- Cook the pasta in salted water until just shy of done.
- While the pasta is cooking, put the black beans, corn, red onion, red pepper, and green chiles in a large bowl.
- Mix in the vegan mayonnaise.
- When the pasta is done, drain and rinse in cold water until it is warm and not hot.
- Put the pasta in on top of the rest of the salad ingredients and pour the Green Goddess dressing over all.
- Stir together, taste and season with salt, pepper, and some hot sauce if you like. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours to let the flavors blend, and enjoy.
*I know fish sauce sounds like a weird entry here, but traditional Green Goddess dressing, like Caesar dressing, contains anchovy. I always have fish sauce on hand, and it makes a good substitute. Your salad will not be fishy at all, but if you're not vegan, give it a try. Good fish sauce makes almost anything savory you add it to lip-smackingly delicious.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 361Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 0mgSodium 277mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 7gSugar 7gProtein 8g
The stated nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. It is calculated through third party software and is intended as a guideline only.
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