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Healthy Taco Pasta Salad is simple to make, minimal prep, and filling for the whole family! This Creamy Pasta Salad has a healthy twist. Tossed with a greek yogurt based avocado cilantro dressing. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #KathleensCravings #pastasalad #tacosalad #healthypastasalad #healthytaco #creamypastasalad

Healthy Taco Pasta Salad


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

Healthy Taco Pasta Salad is simple to make, minimal prep, and filling for the whole family! This Creamy Pasta Salad has a healthy twist. Tossed with a greek yogurt based avocado cilantro dressing. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com


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Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 12 ounces pasta (small noodle of choice)
  • 1 15oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 15oz can corn kernels (drained)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 3oz can sliced black olives (Other optional mix-in!)
  • 1 small red onion, minced (Other optional mix-in!)

Avocado Cilantro Dressing

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cups fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef, browning and crumbling as it cooks. If desired, drain off any excess fat.
  3. To the cooked ground beef in the skillet, add the 2/3 cup of water and taco seasoning. Stir and continue cooking over medium heat until the seasonings are combined and slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Make the Avocado Cilantro Dressing. In a food processor or blender, combine all dressing ingredients. Blending until creamy.
  5. In a large bowl toss the cooked pasta, taco ground beef, remaining salad ingredients, and the finished dressing.
  6. The pasta salad is best served immediately at room temperature. But, leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.

Notes

I used Banza penne pasta. Found here! But, use your favorite small noodle of choice. White, wheat, gluten free, etc.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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