Whenever I have a BBQ to go to and I need to bring something, this is it! I always get asked for the recipe from at least one person too. I got the recipe from a Betty Crocker cook book and changed it just a little bit.
Boxed pasta salad mix. I use Betty Crocker's Suddenly Salad.
3 tablespoons cold water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
4 cups of torn romaine lettuce (this one is optional)
1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese
2 roma tomatoes chopped
1 can olives, sliced
1/2 bag of tortilla strips
Cook pasta according to box directions. Meanwhile, combine seasoning mix from the box, water, oil, and cumin. After the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the seasoning along with the beans and corn. Toss to coat.
Place the lettuce in a serving bowl on the bottom. Add the pasta mixture. Sprinkle with tomatoes and cheese and olives. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Just before serving, add the tortilla strips and toss everything together.