Rating: 4.06 stars
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

Lime-tomato dressing with a jalapeno kick makes for a great summer salad. Add 1 cup of cooked chicken or shrimp to make a main dish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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.

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  • In large bowl combine pasta, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, tomatoes, cucumber, oil, salt, garlic, lime juice, black pepper and tomato juice. Toss well and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Toss again before serving.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; protein 6.3g; carbohydrates 34.4g; fat 10.1g; sodium 107.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (52)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
EXCELLENT! I made a couple changes like others suggested. I doubled this recipe for a small group and had lots left over but my sister wanted a bunch of it for lunch. Instead of fresh tomatoes (not in season now), I used a can of Rotelle - "Milder" and a 16 oz jar of mild salsa, then I left out the tomato juice, jalepeno and bell pepper (my bro-in-law is allergic). I might add more lime juice next time since it added such a good flavor but could have been a little stronger in my opinion - I LOVE citrus flavor. I loved the cucumber in this. I seeded it first and that might not have been necessary. But it cuts the spiciness wonderfully. LOTS of compliments and requests for this recipe. Storing this one in my recipe box! Thanks! Oh, I also used 1/2 red onion diced finely instead of green onion. A tad sweeter in my opinion. I made this again for 4th of July and made a couple changes. I used a jar of salsa and one tomato. Used the green onions this time since I had them and they were GREAT. Also used 1/2 bunch of cilantro since that flavor is so good. It's MUCH better the second day so make ahead. I can't imagine anyone saying this is bland. The salsa might be the key. The best pasta salad I've ever made or eaten! Read More
(47)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/11/2010
Needs some element of salt. It was good but I am still on my search. I added shredded cheddar cheese parm and lil apple cider vinegar. Read More
(6)
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
EXCELLENT! I made a couple changes like others suggested. I doubled this recipe for a small group and had lots left over but my sister wanted a bunch of it for lunch. Instead of fresh tomatoes (not in season now), I used a can of Rotelle - "Milder" and a 16 oz jar of mild salsa, then I left out the tomato juice, jalepeno and bell pepper (my bro-in-law is allergic). I might add more lime juice next time since it added such a good flavor but could have been a little stronger in my opinion - I LOVE citrus flavor. I loved the cucumber in this. I seeded it first and that might not have been necessary. But it cuts the spiciness wonderfully. LOTS of compliments and requests for this recipe. Storing this one in my recipe box! Thanks! Oh, I also used 1/2 red onion diced finely instead of green onion. A tad sweeter in my opinion. I made this again for 4th of July and made a couple changes. I used a jar of salsa and one tomato. Used the green onions this time since I had them and they were GREAT. Also used 1/2 bunch of cilantro since that flavor is so good. It's MUCH better the second day so make ahead. I can't imagine anyone saying this is bland. The salsa might be the key. The best pasta salad I've ever made or eaten! Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
This was fantastic. I substituted a jar of salsa for the tomatoes tomato juice jalapeno and bell pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2006
I was looking for a change from the usual mayo based salads and decided on this since we love Gazpacho soup. From past experience I cut the amount of jalapeno which we believe to be a wise decision. I also used V8 juice (or a good Bloody Mary mix would work) and that gave it more of a taste. I used more juice than called for as experience has taught pasta absorbs liquid and with the amount given it was going to really soak in. Finally I added a touch more salt as that balances the lime a bit better and added fresh chopped basil flat leaf parsley and cilantro. This passed the 'husband review' with flying colours! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
This recipe was outstanding. I loved the jalapeno pepper in it--gave it a just-right kick! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2007
This is one of my favorite recipes and I make it exactly like the recipe says. I do toss the pasta with oil right after I drain it, which might help reduce the absorption of the dressing. It's important to use canned tomato juice (such as Campbell's) because it's thicker. When I use the leftover liquid/juice from a can of tomatoes, the dressing isn't good. One time I was eating this for lunch and my friend said it smelled "so good." Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2008
A very tasty and different way to use abundant garden vegetables. I did not add the fresh jalapeno but mixed in some hot giardiniera along with its pickling juice. It added a good amount of zest to both the salad and the dressing. This salad makes a pretty presentation in a glass with a little of the tomato juice dressing at the bottom. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2008
I made this for my Memorial Day cookout and it was good. I used Spicy V8 juice instead of tomato juice and also added a jar of chipotle salsa. I still found it to be bland but my guests raved over it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2007
Excellent summer pasta salad. Light and fresh with the perfect combination of veggies and and a little spice. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
A great summer salad! Everyone raved about it. Takes a bit of time to chop everything but it's worth it! Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
11/11/2010
Needs some element of salt. It was good but I am still on my search. I added shredded cheddar cheese parm and lil apple cider vinegar. Read More
(6)