Serves ~4, and/or offers leftovers — great for meal prep!

Add or subtract any ingredients you wish.  This is a blueprint, but use your yum-yum-instinct to guide you.


  • 1 box pasta of choice (bowtie, rotini, penne, etc.) — make it gluten-free if desired!
  • 1 can (16 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn (16 oz), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced (or cherry tomatoes, cut)
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 Persian cucumber -OR- ½ large reg. cucumber
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped (or as much as you want)
  • 1-3 handfuls spinach, chopped real small (or your choice of greens)
  • 1-2 limes, squeezed
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, diced
  • ½ cup olive oil (or your desired quantity)
  • nutritional yeast, to taste — I always do a ton
  • red chili powder/cayenne, to taste
  • cumin, to taste
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • ** optional:  ½ can of diced tomatoes for extra taste and “dressing”
  • ** optional: diced mango, pineapple, papaya (what’s in mine today), or avocado
  • ** add a splash of apple cider vinegar if you need some more zing

* Skip the tomatoes, onion, and extra seasonings, and add our favorite Sassy Salsa instead!


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.  You can start preppin’ the other items while you wait.  Drain pasta and rinse under cool water, then let cool, at least to room temp.
  2. Combine all the other ingredients into a LARGE bowl, then add pasta after letting it chill out for a sec.  Enjoy!