Tex-Mex Pasta Salad

Author: Canadian Living

Perfect for summer BBQs, this dish is inspired by seven layer dip.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : L Silver


  • 4 cups wagon wheel pasta uncooked
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomato halved
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup black olive
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced


Prepare pasta according to package directions until tender. Drain, rinse in cold water, drain again, and set aside in large bowl. While waiting for pasta water to come to a boil, in a small bowl, combine buttermilk, ranch dressing, taco seasoning and lime juice, and set aside. Toss cooled pasta with dressing mixture, and in layers, top with avocado, tomatoes, cheese, olives, and green onion to resemble seven layer dip. Tip: if preparing ahead of time, either leave addition of avocado until serving time, or, toss cubed avocado in a little additional lime juice to prevent browning.
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Tex-Mex Pasta Salad