Macaroni Salad with Avocado Dressing (Ensalada de Coditos con Aderezo de Aguacate)

by Erica Dinho on July 20, 2012

Macaroni Salad with Avocado Dressing (Ensalada de Coditos con Aderezo de Aguacate)

This macaroni salad is so good, you can even serve it to pasta salad haters! It’s simple to prepare, satisfying, and it makes a fantastic alternative to the classic American macaroni salad. It is great for picnics and potlucks.

My version of this American favorite includes many of the flavors I love in a salad. Corn, carrots, peas, cilantro, red onions and the creaminess of the avocado dressing, creates a wonderful texture.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, filled with lots of cooking. Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 pound of elbow pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas
  • 1/2 cup cooked and diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Dressing

  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the pasta, corn, peas, carrots, onion, and cilantro & set aside. 

To make the dressing: Put all the ingredients in a blender, process until well mixed.
  2. Pour the avocado mixture over the pasta mixture and stir until well combined, or serve the dressing on the side.
  3. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
  4. Macaroni Salad with Avocado Dressing (Ensalada de Coditos con Aderezo de Aguacate)

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

What a great summer salad!!


2 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

love the avocado dressing! so unique!


3 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook July 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Looks fantastic! I’d love that dressing.


4 grace July 21, 2012 at 4:49 AM

what a spectacular dressing!


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

A delightful and delicious summer salad!


6 Joanne July 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I choose avocado sauce over mayo any day! Yum!


7 rebecca July 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

nice salad but the star is the dressing :-)


8 Ivy July 22, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Oh I love it. It looks delicious and it’s so healthier than mayo. I am bookmarking it.


9 Jeannie July 22, 2012 at 4:32 AM

THe avocado sauce looks so smooth and surely makes this pasta salad really yummy! Would love to try this!


10 Chris July 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I like this a lot. even just the avocado itself sounds great.


11 Victoria August 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM

We had this salad with lunch yesterday and we loved it. Great idea.


12 Erica August 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Thank you, guys!


13 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! August 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

It reminds me of my guasacaca….very nice…


14 Christina February 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I’m trying to eat healthy and I thought this was a great meal. I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I also added a hand full of cooked spinach to add even more nutrients to the dressing. I only used 2 limes instead of four because I thought the lime flavor was a bit over powering. I added more greek yogurt to tame that.


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