This Mexican pasta salad is such a flavorful spin on the classic! It's brimming with black beans, veggies, cheese and a rich and creamy, seasoned dressing. Such a fun addition to your summer cook outs!
Ready in: 30minutes
2ears fresh yellow corn, husked
10ozdry elbow macaroni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3large Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (1 1/2 cups)
1can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1large avocado(semi-firm but ripe), diced
1/2cupcrumbled Cotija cheese
1/3cupchopped red onion, rinsed or 2/3 cup chopped green onion (or use a blend of both)
1/2cupplain Greek yogurt(fat free)
2 1/2Tbspfresh lime juice
1/4cupfinely minced fresh cilantro(about small 1 bunch, leaf portion)
1tspancho chili powder
Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 450 degrees F. Once preheated add corn and grill, turning about every 2 - 3 minutes until charred on all sides, about 8 - 9 minutes total. Set aside and let cool then cut corn kernels from cobs.
Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente in lightly salted water (about 1/2 Tbsp) according to directions on package. Drain and rinse, then let drain and cool.
For the dressing, in a mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, cumin and season with salt and pepper to taste (about 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper). Chill until ready to assemble macaroni salad.
Set aside some of the mix in ingredients (tomatoes, corn, avocado, onion if you'd like some color on top of the salad). In a salad bowl toss together drained macaroni, corn kernels, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, Cotija cheese, onion and the cilantro dressing mixture. Sprinkle set aside ingredients over top.
Serve immediately or chill up to 2 hours (thin with a little water if desired, it thickens as it rests since the noodles absorb the liquid).
Don't over cook the pasta. It'll soak up the dressing as it sits in the fridge, so you don't want it to be too soft to begin with.
Canned or frozen corn can be used in place of fresh, but the grilled corn adds great flavor to this Mexican macaroni salad.