BBQ Chicken Southwest Pasta Salad

by Suzanne on July 22, 2011

in Side Dish, Soup & Salad

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Pasta Salad is a great Summer BBQ side dish.  I like this one even better because it has BBQ sauce in it :).  After making my BBQ Chicken Southwestern Wraps I still had all the ingredients minus avocados (although I think they would be a great addition) and I was still craving that yummy BBQ/Ranch dressing mixture so I thought why not try it in a pasta salad! The result was delicious or else I would not be sharing the recipe with you.

If your like me playing with your recipes comes naturally so play with the ingredients to suit your taste.  If you plan to make the salad ahead I would not put the dressing on until the day you plan to serve it, I found that it lost some of its BBQ flavor the next day.  Also I don’t like how onions taste in pasta salad or potato salad when it has sat overnight, they seem to take over the whole dish so keep that in mind. If you are new to making pasta salad make sure your pasta is cooled completely before adding the sauce or it will soak up your sauce and the salad will be dry.  If your salad does soak up the dressing after a day no problem just try adding a little more mayonnaise mixed with BBQ sauce and or ranch dressing.

BBQ Chicken Southwest Pasta Salad

3 cups uncooked shell pasta
1/2 cup of frozen corn rinses and thawed
1/2 can drained and rinsed black beans
1/2 bell pepper chopped
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
green onions or red onions chopped (optional)
8 slices of cooked bacon chopped
2 chicken breasts grilled and chopped bite size
1/4 BBQ sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 Ranch Dressing

Step 1: Wash and prepare all the vegetables. Cook and chop bacon, chop grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken.
Step 2: Measure out 3 cups of dry uncooked medium shell pasta. Fill a large stock pot with water about 8 cups, add some salt and boil water. When water is boiling add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
Step 3: While pasta is cooking mix the sauce together by combining the mayonnaise, BBQ sauce and ranch dressing in a small bowl.  In a medium size bowl mix all the veggies together.
Step 4: In a medium large bowl put cooked and cooled pasta, chicken and bacon in, then add the veggies and sauce. Stir the salad salad well and regrigerate for a few hours.

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1 Reeni July 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

This salad looks incredible Suzanne! It has all sorts of deliciousness going on – everything I love. I like the mix of mayo and bbq together – sometimes I use it as a dipping sauce for fries or on burgers. It’s so rich and flavorful.

2 Suzanne July 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

Thanks Reeni, I love BBQ sauce and mayo too as dip and on burgers too so much better than plain katchup.

3 Destri July 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I know better than to come here when I am hungry :). Now my dinner looks sub-par! That looks delicious!

4 Suzanne July 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I know your dinner wasn't sub-par since you are a great cook !

5 BBQ Grail July 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

Just wanted you to know your blog post was featured on The BBQ Grail’s 10 Posts Worth A Look for this week.

6 Suzanne July 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

Thanks so much for including my post 🙂

7 Kevin July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Excellent way to make use of BBQ Chicken from practice competition cooks! Thanks to Larry @BBQGrail for posting about your blog on his site!

8 Suzanne July 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thanks Kevin for coming and visiting my site glad you liked the recipe.

9 Myrynda August 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

LOVED this! My husband would not stop raving about how delicious this salad was and I have to agree! It pairs perfectly with anything summery. Thanks for the recipe- its definitely a keeper!!

10 Suzanne August 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thank you Myrynda, I'm so happy you and your family liked it. And thank you for coming back and letting me know it made my day 🙂

11 carrian August 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

This looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it!

12 Suzanne August 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

thanks Carrian, let me know how it turns out.

13 Jennifer Ward-Pelar August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This just looks perfect! Yum!

14 Suzanne August 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

thanks Jennifer and thanks for the link back to my recipe :), hope you get a chance to try it out.

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