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Avocado pasta salad with tomatoes and feta cheese or queso fresco

Avocado pasta salad with tomatoes and feta cheese

This refreshing avocado pasta salad with tomatoes, feta cheese or queso fresco, red onions, basil, olive oil and lemon is one of our favorite quick meals. There is something comforting and slightly addictive about a good pasta salad.  I think it’s the combination of avocado and salty cheese. 

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Avocado pasta salad with tomatos and cheese
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I originally used to make this avocado pasta salad using queso fresco. Then one day one of my kids, the younger slightly pickier one, decided he no longer liked queso fresco – sometimes I wonder if he was switched at the hospital, but he does look a lot like me… So now I make it using feta cheese. If he’s not around then I’ll use queso fresco instead. You can use whichever you prefer or is easier to find.

Pasta salad with avocado, tomato, red onions, feta, and basil

As is the case with most pasta salad recipes feel free to customize and adjust the ingredients based on what you like or what you have available. Some ideas could be to add olives, or use a different fresh herb such as parsley, cilantro, dill, etc instead of the basil.  Same goes with type of pasta, use your favorite or the one in your pantry that needs to be used.

Avocado pasta salad with queso fresco or feta cheese
Avocado pasta salad with tomatos and cheese

Avocado pasta salad with tomatoes and feta cheese or queso fresco

Recipe for a refreshing avocado pasta salad with tomatoes, feta cheese or queso fresco,red onions, basil, olive oil, lemon, and salt/pepper.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, International, Latin fusion
Keyword: Avocado, Easy and quick, Feta cheese, Pasta salad, Queso fresco, Tomato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling down time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 lb pack of short pasta 450-500grams – I used penne rigate, would also work well with macaroni or shells
  • 12 ounces of tomatoes chopped – or halved if using cherry tomatoes
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 avocados pits removed and peeled, diced
  • ½-1 lemon juiced
  • 4 ounces of feta cheese or queso fresco crumbled – add more to taste
  • 1/4 cup of basil leaves, whole or chopped – can also use whole basilparsley/dill/cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil add more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pastas according to the package instructions in a large pot of salted water.
  • Drain the pasta and let it cool down.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice on the diced avocados and on the diced red onions. You can also drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the avocado.
  • Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust salt/pepper if needed.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you want to make it ahead of time you can mix all the ingredients except the avocado and add it right before serving
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  1. No he probado esta receta todavía, pero viendo los ingredientes, ya me puedo imaginar el sabor en mi paladar. Felicitaciones, eres muy creativa. Mi familia esta formada de Espanoles, Italianos, Americanos y vegetarianos , asi que cocino un poco de todo y tus recetas complacen a las 3 nacionalidades y gustos. Gracias y sigue compartiendo tu talento!

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