This Creamy Taco Pasta Salad recipe is loaded with Mexican flavors! It is comforting, filling, and ready in no time. The creamy dressing is made with dairy-free mayo, zesty lime juice, and taco seasoning. This salad is the perfect allrounder. Use it for your meal prepping, easy weeknight dinners, and bring it to your next party!
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (eggless, dairy-free, and without meat)
- Only 12 ingredients
- Super quick and easy to make
- Healthy, comforting, and filling
- Enjoy both warm and cold
👩🏽🍳 How to make + ingredient list
Making this creamy Taco Pasta Salad recipe at home is very easy and simple. You can also follow this how-to video in addition to the written instructions. Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt, and cook your pasta. Once cooked al dente, drain and rinse with cold water shortly. Then all you need to do is to combine the following ingredients in a big bowl:
- Cooked macaroni, or other pasta of choice
- Black beans
- Cherry tomatoes
- Black olives
- Red onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Dairy-free cheese shreds
To make a creamy dressing you need to whisk together the following ingredients:
- Dairy-free Mayo (You can use a store-bought variety, or homemade. This vegan oil-free mayo recipe is packed with protein, affordable and so easy to make!)
- Juice of a lime
- Taco seasoning
Once your dressing is whisked together, add to the salad bowl and stir until all salad ingredients are covered. Then the salad is ready to be enjoyed!
🥑 Creamy Taco Pasta Salad Variations
There are so many simple ways to switch up this creamy pasta salad recipe! Here are my top suggestions:
- Add a vegan meat substitute! Vegan ground beef, plant-based chicken, or sausages (like chorizo flavor) would be a tasty addition. One of my personal favorites is to add this shredded and fried tofu.
- Sprinkle in more of your favorite taco toppings! Green or red bell peppers, salad greens, vegan feta or other plant-based cheeses would be a delicious addition.
- Switch up the seasoning! Adding other seasonings to the taco seasoning, such as a few spicy jalapeños, add even more flavor!
- Put some crunch on top! Crush some tortilla chips and sprinkle on top shortly before serving.
🤔 Can I make pasta salad the day before?
Yes, most pasta salads can be made ahead of time. So can this creamy taco pasta salad! In fact, this recipe is fantastic for meal prepping. It makes a big batch that you can prepare up to 3 days in advance. Just make sure to store it properly in an air-tight container in your fridge and to check on it before eating if you prepare this salad several days in advance.
🌮 What goes well with taco pasta salad?
This taco pasta salad is amazing and filling enough on its own, but serves as a fantastic side dish as well. Great additions are:
- Shredded and fried tofu
- Vegan ground beef
- Plant-based sausages, such as vegan chorizo or wieners
- Five Bean Salad
- Mexican rice, or cilantro lime rice
- Chips, salsa and guac
- Green beans
- Elote - Mexican street corn
- Stuffed peppers
- Garlic bread
For more ideas browse our recipe page.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
Creamy Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
- pot to cook pasta, bowl for the salad and dressing, sieve to drain cans, knife to cut onion, spoon to stir salad
Creamy salad dressing
- 100 g dairy-free mayo*
- juice of a lime
- 1 tablespoon Taco seasoning more to taste if needed
- Bring water in a pot to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add salt and then pasta. Cook it until al dente, then drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a big salad bowl add all ingredients: cooked pasta, corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, olives, avocado, red onion, cilantro and cheese shreds.
- To prepare the creamy dressing whisk together mayo, lime juice, and taco seasoning in a separate smaller bowl. Once combined add to the rest of your salad and toss until all salad ingredients are covered. Enjoy!
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