This is a sponsored post for HemisFares™ brand that is available exclusively at Kroger family of stores. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.
Tuck into this gorgeous, fresh Southwestern Pasta Salad! Black beans, corn, red peppers, jalapenos, cilantro and red onions feature in this easy to make pasta salad. With the addition of the lime vinaigrette… oh, myyyyyyy.
Pair with grilled protein for a super summery dinner!
How yummy is THIS? I’m super excited to share this with you guys. I’m working with HemisFares – a new signature brand by Kroger (for me, found in Fry’s grocery stores), and will be sharing a few more things from the new collection over the next few months.
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Today, I’m sharing Find No. 40 – HemisFares Gemelli. Perfect for making pasta salads, it really holds onto the “stuff” added to the salad. You can get a good mouthful of salad and dressing and stuff every time.
About HemisFares Pasta
Crafted using authentic Italian practices; it’s dried and slowly pressed through a bronze mold, giving the pasta rough edges that allow the sauce to cling to each bite. This careful attention to detail helps preserve the natural nutritional quality of the wheat and the authentic flavor.
Plus it’s super cute, too!
Here’s where you find it:
Want to know the best part? (Of course you do)
Like chili, curry and lasagne…this salad actually improves if you let it sit in the fridge for a day or so. The flavors intensify, and the pasta marinates in the dressing, making it super flavorful.
I make this ahead and let it hang out and just grab a bowl here or there – lunch, a dinner, whatever.
Living in Arizona, I am so lucky to be influenced by these southwestern flavors, and absolutely love to use them wherever I can.
Check out what’s in this Southwestern Pasta recipe!
Southwestern Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- 12 oz HemisFares Gemelli Pasta
- 15.25 oz can sweet corn
- 15 oz can black beans
- 1 cup red pepper (diced)
- ½ cup red onion (diced small)
- 1 small jalapeño (diced small)
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro finely chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup white vinegar (use white wine or rice)
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 2 clove garlic , minced
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Queso Fresco cheese (I used about 1/3 of a round)
- Extra limes
- Extra cilantro
Prepare the ingredients
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.
- Drain and set aside to cool.
- Drain and rinse the corn and black beans, and dice the fresh vegetables.
Make the dressing:
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients, until very well blended (alternatively put all the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake).
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled pasta, the vegetables and the dressing.
Garnish with Queso Fresco cheese, extra limes and cilantro.
Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for a few days.