Whole Wheat Southwest Pasta Salad

I just realized as I was about to hit publish on this post that I am posting an avocado dish the day AFTER cinco de mayo. Talk about a day late and a dollar short. Anyway… this pasta salad is something I discovered recently when I was trying to come up with a healthy “sauce” that I could send with Lucas to daycare that could be enjoyed while cold. This sauce is very toddler friendly, and healthy! I’ve added beans for protein, corn for sweetness, and tomatoes for tanginess. The avocado sauce provides a nice smooth flavor.

As you can see from the video, Lucas loves it! This may be one of his new favorite pasta recipes. And my little man takes after me, he loves pasta. I try to use a healthier pasta if possible (whole wheat is my go-to, but fancier types like buckwheat pasta also work here).

Are you all sick of my love for immersion blenders yet? I use this one! and it is a godsend. I mean seriously, it has made my life so much easier.

I use a container like this one for immersion blending, and then I stick it into the dishwasher when I’m done!

Let me know your thoughts!






Full Recipe:

Sauce ingredients

1 avocado

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup of yogurt (preferably skyr if you have it, but you can sub in regular plain yogurt or sour cream!)

1/8 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoon if you like things salty!)

Optional: 1 tablespoon olive oil if consistency is not like sour cream when done

Salad ingredients

1 cup cooked elbow whole wheat pasta (or other type of “healthier” pasta)

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup black beans

Start pasta to boil per package instructions. While pasta is cooking: immersion blend together sauce ingredients. Mix in other ingredients together with the sauce.

10 minutes total and you’re done!

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