Penne Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

The creamy cilantro dressing is the finishing touch on this easy pasta salad.
  • Ready in: 35 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 20 minutes
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  • Servings: 12-15

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  • 16 oz. pkg. penne pasta
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2.25 oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 packet Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped

cooking methods

  • Stovetop


Cook pasta according to package directions, adding 1 Tbsp. Garlic Garlic Seasoning and 1 tsp. salt to the water. Drain and cool. In large bowl combine pasta, bacon , tomatoes, cheese, olives, salt and pepper. Set aside. In blender combine Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix and next 6 ingredients; blend until smooth. Stir in cilantro. Toss dressing with salad ingredients. Makes 12-15 servings. Lighten it up: use non-fat sour cream and mayonnaise instead. Tip: If preparing ahead and more moisture is needed, add about ½ cup milk.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from IN LOVE! Tried this for the first time last week, and WOW! I've been missing out! The flavor is amazing and it is super easy to make. This recipe has already been requested as a remake for friends!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I was hesitant to make a pasta salad with the key lime mix, but with the combination it was so good! The garlic and cilantro really complete the recipe. I would recommend cooking the pasta for the full 12 minutes. I did 11 minutes and it was just a little too firm for my taste. I also added a little bit of milk to make the sauce a little less thick.
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's amazing The flavors blend and make this a great dish. It's my new favorite to take to parties
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Penne Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing I made this salad for a group of special friends and personally liked the combination of flavors. The sauce is sweet, yet has a hint of lime taste which is a nice balance. Mix that with salt found in black olives and crumbled bacon add in a diverse flavor such as grape tomatoes and cilantro and it's an interesting explosion of taste. Plus it was very easy to make!
Date published: 2015-09-07
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