A colorful and simple little side dish that has been a big hit at potlucks and picnics. It is easy to prepare, healthy and delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 min
cook:
10 mins
additional:
4 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse pasta in cold water. Place in a large mixing bowl and add dressing and salt; mix well.

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  • Combine pinto beans and black beans in a colander; rinse with cold water and add to pasta. Add corn, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, dried red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste; toss lightly.

  • Chill salad in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

267 calories; protein 10.9g 22% DV; carbohydrates 48.6g 16% DV; fat 4.8g 7% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 642.7mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2006
I made this today and it was very good - with my changes. I used 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and chili powder as others noted it had too much cumin and tasted like chili. I also used Hiden Valley Spicey Ranch dressing instead of italian. WoW! yummy! I didn't have tomatoes so I used a LARGE can of diced tomatoes - drained and rinsed lightly. Definately would make again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2003
I think this is a nice salad however I did not care for the cumin too much thus the 3-star rating. My husband and I both felt that its taste was almost overpowering the other ingredients. I will probably try this again but either without the cumin or with a lot less. My tip: Try to add a little at a time and see how you like it... Read More
(22)
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2006
I made this today and it was very good - with my changes. I used 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and chili powder as others noted it had too much cumin and tasted like chili. I also used Hiden Valley Spicey Ranch dressing instead of italian. WoW! yummy! I didn't have tomatoes so I used a LARGE can of diced tomatoes - drained and rinsed lightly. Definately would make again! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2002
This recipe rescued me in a pinch! It was 11:00pm and I forgot that I had to bring a dish to pass for the next day! This was so simple I literally threw it together in minutes! I didn't have onion or garlic powder so I used 1 garlic clove (pressed) and 2 green onions (chopped). It tasted great and looked beautiful! I normally have a very sensative palate when it comes to Mexican flavoring...the milder the better. With that in mind I felt that the cumin in this was right on. (I even used the red pepper!) It has a really great "Mexican" flavor that is not overpowering. I will definately keep this and the ingredients on hand to make VERY often! It was also a big hit at the meeting! I even got approval from my Hispanic friend! Thanks for the recipe!:o) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2003
I think this is a nice salad however I did not care for the cumin too much thus the 3-star rating. My husband and I both felt that its taste was almost overpowering the other ingredients. I will probably try this again but either without the cumin or with a lot less. My tip: Try to add a little at a time and see how you like it... Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2003
This was very yummy!!! I used a bit less cumin and added some homemade salsa. Very good and VERY EASY to make! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2010
Really great salad! Quick to put together--I made several changes--copied from some of the other raters. Used elbow macaroni used the canned diced petite tomatoes cut down on a cumin just a little used salad supreme instead of garlic powder simply because I didn't have any garlic powder. I used lots of italian dressing and let it sit overnight. The dressing soaks in alot and it turned out perfect. I also used frozen corn instead of canned had a really nice crush. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2002
Was a MAJOR hit with the family. Has a Tex-Mex Southwestern flavor. Try adding chopped onion salsa. Serve with tortilla chips. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2010
This was a delicious salad. I changed a couple things but not too dramatic. I added only half the cumin as others had suggested. I thought it was just the right amount. I also added a can of diced tomatoes instead of the three tomatoes. In addition I added a can of sliced black olives. I also chopped about a half of a small white onion and added it. It turned out well. This was great with tortilla chips. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2010
Made this recipe up for a family picnic. My family really liked it! It was easy to make! I changed the receipe reducing the cumin to 1/2 tsp add 2 Tbsp salas seasoning used a whole box of cooked shells and 1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing. Will make this receipe again! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
Great flavorful bean and pasta salad. I remove the chili powder as it does not agree with me and I use only 1 can of beans. The cumin is the catch to making it great! Read More
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