Southwest Pasta Salad with Chipotle Ranch (vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)
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Southwest Pasta Salad with Chipotle Ranch (Vegan)

Southwest Pasta Salad with Chipotle Ranch is easy to make and loaded with flavor. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, and other vegetables combine with rotini noodles and a spicy cashew-based dressing. It's vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 568kcal
Author Amy Katz


For the Chipotle Ranch Dressing:

For the Pasta Salad:

  • 1 pound pasta (rotini, penne, or other short pasta) gluten-free, if peferred
  • 1 can black beans (1 1/2 cups) rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn (defrosted if using frozen)
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado cubed


  • To make the Chipotle Ranch Dressing, add the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small container and refrigerate while you prepare the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water until it's cool.
  • All the cooled pasta and other Pasta Salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and carefully toss to coat.
  • Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


This recipe makes 6 meal-sized servings or 12 or more side-dish servings. The Nutrition Facts are for a meal-sized portion.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4.7mg