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Southwest Pasta Salad

No summer meal is complete without pasta salad! Whether you’re headed to a holiday BBQ or just a family dinner, this Southwest Pasta Salad will be the perfect addition to any meal!

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I think one of my favorite things about pasta salad isn’t so much about originally serving it with a meal, but what I really go nuts for is having the leftovers.  Is there anything better than having a tasty, hearty pasta salad in the fridge ready to go as a side for any meal, as a main dish with a little added protein like chicken or shrimp, or even as a quick snack when you get in from a busy summer day.  In the heat of summer, sometimes a hot dinner is the last thing on your mind, so setting out some cold cuts, pasta salad and chips can make for the most fantastically satisfying meal.  This Southwest Pasta Salad is one of my family favorites and goes a long way to taking your next BBQ to a new level of tasty!

overhead view of southwest pasta salad in white bowl with wooden serving spoon

Is orzo pasta or rice?

  • orzo is a pasta that is shaped like rice
  • it’s perfect for a summer pasta salad because it’s not quite as heavy or filling as regular pasta might be
  • it cooks up quickly making this perfect for a last minute side dish even at the spur of the moment

southwest pasta salad in white bowl being carried into a party by a woman

Show up at any gathering with this and be the hit of the party!!

What goes into a pasta salad like this?

I find this to be the perfect blend of fresh taste and convenience.  Canned tomatoes and beans as well as frozen corn keep it simple and greek yogurt and sour cream give it that tangy fresh flavor!

Some of my favorite dishes to pair with Southwest Pasta Salad:

southwest pasta salad in white bowl
5 from 8 votes

Southwest Pasta Salad

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No summer meal is complete without pasta salad! Whether you're headed to a holiday BBQ or just a family dinner, this Southwest Pasta Salad will be the perfect addition to any meal!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes


  • 12 ounces orzo pasta
  • 15 ounces canned black beans
  • 14 1/2 ounces canned fire-roasted diced tomatos
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Thaw frozen corn kernels
  • Cook orzo according to package directions then drain and cool completely
  • Drain black beans and tomatoes and add to pasta in large bowl along with corn (thawed)
  • Whisk together yogurt, sour cream, mayo, lime juice and milk
  • Pour over pasta and stir well
  • Stir in cilantro and enough salt and pepper to taste
  • Chill until ready to serve


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 268kcal


  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful pasta salad, Jennifer! I’m convinced that it will be the hit on any party. I love especially the addition of fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Not sure if I can get this in my region though?!

  2. 5 stars
    I love that this is made with orzo! And I’m a big fan of this ingredients list in general. Greek yogurt really lets you cut down on the mayo, but still allows for that creamy dreamy indulgence 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Mmmm. I love orzo! So happy it’s available in whole wheat now too. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!

  4. This salad looks so delicious and colorul! Perfect for any get-together too.. I have a picnic potluck coming up this weekend.. can’t wait to try it!

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