Sometimes recipes come together because I have ONE ingredient I want to play with. In the case of this pasta salad … it all started with Halloween pasta I found at World Market.
Black cats, bats, pumpkins and spiders. Oh, I HAD to have this stuff and I HAD to use it in a bento.
Now, most pasta salads I’ve ever had use Italian Dressing as the sauce. And, when it comes to dressings, Italian Dressing is the ONE I just can’t stand. I know. I am weird.
But, Tex-Mex flavors I can totally do. So this kid-friendly recipe was inspired by my favorite Tex-Mex menu item: Enchiladas Salsa Verde.
They are so much better than regular enchiladas — chicken, corn tortillas, bright and spicy salsa verde, and yummy cheese. Sigh… I lurve ’em.
I decided those flavors needed to enter a relationship with my Halloween pasta. A yummy, addictive pairing of Green Enchiladas and Pasta.
The Green Enchilada Pasta Salad (I know — original name, right?) is perfect for lunch or dinner. Since it is a cold pasta salad, it is perfect for packing in a bento . . . or enjoying for an easy family dinner.
Or . . . for snatching bites anytime you walk past the fridge.
Not that I know anyone who may or may not have done that.