Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp

An easy zesty Mexican pasta salad with shrimp that is both healthy and delicious and will make you look like a gourmet chef.

Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a good pasta salad recipe? This zesty Mexican pasta salad with shrimp is to die for. It has the most amazing spicy citrus dressing that includes oranges, lemons and limes that create a flavor that will make your palate do a song and dance. Creating the dressing can take a few minutes, so feel free to make ahead and store in the fridge. Once the dressing is made, the remainder of the salad can be put together in mere minutes. This is a guilt-free salad that is full of fresh bell peppers, corn and nutritious black beans that will keep you full for hours. Also, the recipe for Mexican pasta salad can be easily adjusted to feed anywhere from one to thirty people with little extra effort. If you are looking for something a little different on your plate, give this Mexican style salad a try.

Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Zesty Mexican Salad Dressing

When it comes to this pasta salad, the secret definitely lies in the dressing. It is super easy to make and you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. The secret to making it quick is a good zester.  I like this Zulay zester as it works on a number of different things from fruit rind to cheese and chocolate. Please note: this is an affiliate link. If you use this link and make a purchase it will have no effect on the price you pay, but will award us a small commission that helps us to keep sharing great recipes with you. If you have one that is fine enough to grate a small zest, but not so fine that your rind does not come through the other side, it will save you tons of time. Also, if you like a creamier dressing, we recommend mashing a cube or two of avocado and adding it to the mix. Shake well and the avocado creates a rich creaminess that is amazing. This dressing works well in any salad situation. A jar of this will keep in the fridge for up to five days.

Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp

This Mexican pasta salad makes a great stand-alone dish that is sure to be enjoyed by all. However In this instance we have paired the pasta salad with shrimp. However, now that I am thinking about it chicken, crab, lobster or (if you eat it) steak could all be added to customize this salad to suit your tastes. This is an overall healthy salad, full of good for you vegetables that provide great nutrition and tastes awesome. Gone are the days when you had to “fight” with the kids to eat their vegetables. Hold back on the red pepper flakes and they will love this dish.

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Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp
Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Zesty Mexican Pasta Salad with Shrimp
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. About 8 minutes. Rinse the pasta in cold water to cool.
  2. Season shrimp with 1/2 tsp of Mexican seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large non-stick skillet until it is hot. Add 1 tbsp of Avocado oil and heat. Add shrimp to hot oil and sautee until pink and cooked through. About 1 minute per side. Be careful not to overcook as the shrimp will become chewy. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the orange, lemon and lime zest and juice, minced garlic, honey, red pepper flakes, the remaining Mexican seasoning and olive oil to a large lidded jar. Shake well to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl Combine the black beans, corn, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Add the pasta, shrimp and dressing mix and toss to combine.
  5. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve. When ready to serve, gently fold in the avocado and cilantro.

Quote of the dish:

“Not only are pasta dishes delicious, but they are also great, easy options for a quick dinner during a busy weekday” – Marcus Samuelsson

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