Pasta Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

pasta salad with spicy buttermilk dressing yellow

Ingredients

12 oz. box Bow Tie pasta, or the pasta of your choice
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
Chopped red pepper (I used about a third of one pepper, the amount you use is up to you)
4 green onions, chopped

Dressing
1/4 cup buttermilk*
1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
3 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons sour cream
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon chili powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon crushed garlic
*I never keep buttermilk on hand so I found this great buttermilk blend that I keep in the refrigerator for recipes that call for buttermilk

buttermilk
Directions
Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Mix pasta,corn, beans, peppers and onions in a large bowl.

Combine buttermilk, cilantro and the rest of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over pasta mixture and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from myrecipes.com/recipe/orzo-salad-with-spicy-dressing/

Update: I made this recipe on Saturday to serve on Sunday. The dressing had almost completely absorbed into the pasta making the salad a little dry. To make it more moist and more of a meal, I combined the remaining salad with three sauted boneless chicken thighs chopped into squares. I made additional sauce using about a quarter cup of ranch dressing, two tablespoons of sour cream, about a teaspoons of chili powder and a teaspoon of dried cilantro. After whisking these ingredients, I pour it over the salad and chicken mixture and served it all together. My husband absolutely loved it!

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