Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

This Avocado Pasta Salad is so simple to throw together and makes the perfect side dish to any pot luck. You can easily add meat and make it a main dish as well.

I absolutely love avocado. I eat it with everything: eggs, chips, on sandwiches, straight out of the skin…it just tastes so good.

I came across this Avocado Pasta Salad from Adam J. Holland, who we follow avidly on Google +. Not only is he hilarious, but he is an amazing chef.

If you love avocado, you are sure to love this pasta. It’s the perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue, or you could add a little meat to make it a great main dish.

It is healthy, filling, quick to throw together, and seriously tastes amazing.

introduce new veggies:

Kids can be pretty picky eaters. I have found that if I chop up some vegetables small enough, they won’t really notice it in the salad.

I have also found that if I give them a dull knife (or a plastic knife) to help me chop up the vegetables and put them in the dish, they are more likely to eat it.

They take pride that they helped, and it also helps them introduce new veggies into their diets.

If you have picky eaters, this may be the perfect recipe for you, to help them try new vegetables.

what meat would be good in this salad?

This is the perfect pot luck side dish, for any bbq or dinner. However, if you are looking to switch it up, and turn this into a healthy main dish, I recommend adding in a little bit of meat.

I like to add chicken (you can grill it, boil it, bake it, use leftovers, etc.), steak, ground beef, ground turkey, chicken sausage, bacon, ham, or really any favorite.

You can add your meat warm or serve it cold in the salad. It’s a versatile dish that works well with just about anything.

You can even switch up the dressing as needed.

what cheese would be good on this?

I topped my salad with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese. You could also use mozzarella, goat, blue, or mozzarella. I just like the extra color, texture and flavor it brings, but cheese is totally optional.

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Serves: 6

Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

2 hr, 30 Prep Time

2 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 medium avocado (diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 banana pepper (diced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Penne Pasta (cooked)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Seasoned salt, to taste


  1. Blend mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, onion, pepper, and lime juice.
  2. Combine all but about 1/2 cup of the dressing with cooled pasta.
  3. Top with tomatoes and olives. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. Fold tomatoes and olives into cooled salad.
  4. Top with reserve dressing and season with salt as desired.



117 cal


1 g


27 g


2 g
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Recipe from: The Unorthodox Epicure

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5 Responses to “Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe”

    • Marsha Carsner
      HA! Adam, I went to your website and saw the difference in the pictures and have been trying for way to long (at work) to figure out what the difference is, maybe no avocado in the dressing, but just chopped up in the salad? Also noticed some parm cheese or something on top. hmmmm Well, anyway, I am making this tonight to take to our small group meeting. Looks scrumptious!

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