This Vegan Mexican Pasta Salad is the perfect combination of healthy and indulgent, with a vegan creamy Mexican-inspired dressing and lots of healthy veggie-forward add-ins to give it a burst of amazing flavor in every bite!
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and mix well (see notes about the jalapeño!). Let the flavors infuse into the dressing while you prepare the salad.
Prepare the pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the pasta salad, including the cooked pasta. Stir in the dressing. Mix well, and season with salt, pepper, and lime juice, if desired. Serve immediately or chill and enjoy within 3 days.
One full jalapeño makes a pretty spicy salad. You can start with ¼ or ½ of a jalapeño , and add more, if you are not sure about the heat level. Or use pickled jalapenos for a vinegary burst of flavor and less heat