Cilantro Lime Pasta Salad Recipe With Avocado

By Rena Awada |

Enjoy this cilantro lime pasta salad recipe whenever you are craving a medley of fresh flavors and veggies. This creamy, pasta salad recipe is made with freshly soft avocado, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and tender pasta for the best possible flavors.

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This fresh and delicious, lime pasta salad is made with a bright and creamy cilantro lime dressing that brings this recipe to a whole new level. So easy to make within minutes, you’ll love this cilantro, lime pasta salad recipe whenever you’re craving something fresh and quick.

Perfect for those hot summer days, this easy pasta salad is exactly what you will want to make for your lunch or dinner. Did we mention it’s great for meal prep? Just make a big bowl of this pasta salad recipe, and you’ll have your meals covered for the next couple of days.

Made with fresh juicy tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro with a little heat from jalapeño, you’ll crave this lime-infused pasta salad all summer long. Delicious served at room temperature or chilled–you’ll want both!

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Why This Avocado Lime Pasta Salad is the Best

Here are some of the things that make this easy pasta salad recipe so special. Have something to share? Be sure to leave a comment below!

  • Easy to make: Just assemble everything and toss. The cilantro lime dressing is ready in minutes and takes no time to coat the salad. Want to make this pasta salad ahead of time? Just combine the pasta and veggies, store in the refrigerator, and coat with dressing just before serving!
  • Filled with fresh flavors: The fresh veggies give this recipe plenty of bright flavors that make this cilantro lime pasta salad shine. We recommend using ripe veggies for the best results.
  • Delicious and filling: Bold cilantro and combined with yogurt to create a creamy tangy dressing that makes the salad extra yummy. The pasta absorbs the dressing and flavors from the veggies to create a combination that is so satisfying.

Ingredients you will need

Here are the ingredients for this avocado, lime, and pasta salad recipe. You can find these items at most grocery stores or farmers’ markets.

pasta, Greek yogurt, green onions, jalapeño peppers, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, avocados, limes, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes for pasta salad

Short pasta: You can use eight ounces of any type of short pasta you prefer. Some examples include penne, rigatoni, farfalle, orecchiette, etc.
Greek yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is used to create the dressing and gives it its creamy textures and flavors. Be sure to use plain yogurt.
Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice gives the dressing the boldness it needs. Tart, light, and filled with bright citrus flavors.
Cilantro: Fresh leafy cilantro is used for both the dressing and salad bases. Cilantro is the key element to this pasta salad recipe.
Garlic: Robust garlic cloves are used in the dressing and give it plenty of pungent and savory flavors. You can use garlic powder if you’re in a pinch.
Tomatoes: Halved cherry tomatoes provide texture and fresh flavors throughout the cilantro and lime pasta salad. If you do not have cherry tomatoes, then any kind of tomato will work–just be sure it is ripe.
Jalapeño: You can use one to two jalapeños depending on how spicy you’d like the salad to be. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, then omit the jalapeño or use only one.
Green onions: Chopped green onions provide extra fresh flavors and allow the salad to be zesty.
Avocado: Soft avocado is lightly tossed throughout the salad and provides more creamy textures that are fresh and uplifting. Be sure to use an avocado that is soft but not too soft.

How to Make Cilantro Pasta Salad

Follow these easy steps to create the best, cilantro lime pasta salad recipe. You will love this salad!

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First, cook the pasta in salted water according to the package’s instructions. Drain the pasta and allow it to cool before combining it with the other ingredients.

Next, add Greek yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic to a food processor or high-speed blender until completely smooth. You want the dressing well-blended and light.

chopped green onions, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, and avocado on cutting board

Place the chopped tomatoes, jalapeño, green onions, chopped cilantro, avocado, and cooled pasta in a large bowl.

Next, drizzle the ingredients with the freshly made dressing and toss to combine.

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Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Be sure to use fresh ingredients for the best flavors.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two to three days. Feel free to add the avocado just before serving if you’re preparing this salad ahead.
  • Season with salt and pepper if you need to.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cilantro good in pasta salad?

Absolutely! Fresh cilantro transforms pasta salad and gives it another layer of fresh flavors.

Do you rinse the pasta when you make pasta salad?

Yes, you should always rinse the hot pasta with cool running water to cool it down prior to adding it to the recipe.

Should you make pasta salad the night before?

If you’re in a time crunch or just want to prepare ahead, this pasta salad tastes extra delicious made the night before.

Can you freeze pasta salad?

Although some pasta salad recipes can be frozen, we do not recommend freezing this pasta salad recipe.

one bowl of cilantro lime pasta salad with avocado and creamy dressing

What to Serve With This Pasta Salad Recipe

Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy this cilantro and lime, pasta salad recipe:

Grilled Chicken Wraps

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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Spinach and Feta Cheese Turkey Burgers

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Burger

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Cilantro Lime Pasta Salad Recipe With Avocado

This creamy, pasta salad recipe is made with freshly soft avocado, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and tender pasta for the best possible flavors.
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta short pasta of choice
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped; divided
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados diced

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain andallow it to cool.
  • Meanwhile, add all the dressing ingredients to your food processor and pulseuntil smooth.
  • Place the tomatoes, jalapeno, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and cooledpasta to a large serving bowl.
  • Drizzle with the dressing and toss to combine.

Notes

  • Be sure to use fresh ingredients for the best flavors.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two to three days. Feel free to add the avocado just before serving if you’re preparing this salad ahead.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Add protein: consider adding grilled chicken or shrimp to this pasta salad 

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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