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Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad

Summertime gatherings aren't complete without a refreshing pasta salad. This tasty version features a mayonnaise and picante dressing. It may become one of your favorite side dishes for tacos, too! —Kathryn Donahey, Oil City, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked wagon wheel pasta or elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small green pepper, julienned
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, cheese, tomatoes, peppers and onions.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, picante sauce, salt and cumin; pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Instead of chopping green onions with a knife, try snipping them with kitchen shears. It's faster, and you can do it directly over the bowl.
  • Learn how to make homemade mayonnaise if you don't want to use store-bought.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 207 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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    • Debra
      Jun 19, 2020

      Very good salad! As I do not like green onions, I did sub them for celery instead.

    • Debglass11
      Mar 23, 2020

      We loved this easy, kid-friendly pasta salad. I used a pound of wagon wheel pasta so increased quantities appropriately. The only change I made was to omit the kidney beans, since we're not a fan of them in salads. The picante sauce and cumin added an unexpected level of flavor, which everyone enjoyed and we loved the "bite" of the wagon wheel pasta. I'll definitely make this pasta salad again!

    • Josie
      Mar 4, 2020

      This dish is amazing! I did nothing different and everyone loves it. Thankyou for providing us with delicious ideas that are so easy to prepare!

    • tabinladysmith
      Jul 28, 2009

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    • kaydeemac
      Jun 11, 2007

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