Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  230
  • Protein  8 g
  • Carbohydrates  36 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  14 mg
  • Sodium  205 mg
  • Potassium  261 mg
  • Phosphorus  128 mg
  • Calcium  97 mg
  • Fiber  2.8 g

Taco Pasta Salad

Turn plain pasta into a Mexican flavor sensation. Taco Pasta Salad gives pasta salad a spicy new twist. Serve this kidney-friendly salad over a bed of lettuce or put it in a wrap for a tasty treat on the go.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe provided by DaVita patient, Gretchen, and submitted by DaVita dietitian Arlene from California.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 cup pasta salad, 1 cup lettuce


  • 12 ounces penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 8 cups iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons hot taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup canned diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and rinse until cooled.
  2. Mince garlic; slice green onions; chop bell pepper; shred lettuce.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and salsa. Mix into the pasta.
  4. Add hot taco sauce, garlic, chilies and olives to pasta and stir.
  5. Sprinkle green onions and bell pepper over top of pasta mixture. Cover and refrigerate to chill.
  6. Before serving, sprinkle cheese on top of pasta salad (optional). For each serving, place 1-cup shredded lettuce on a salad plate. Top lettuce bed with 1-cup Taco Pasta Salad.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Look for canned or bottled hot taco sauce.
  • Compare labels and choose the brands of salsa, green chilies, olives and taco sauce lowest in sodium.
  • Look for queso anejo, a Mexican cheese that easily crumbles. If unavailable, buy the shredded cheese labeled "Mexican." Cheese and olives are optional.
  • Make a wrap with flat bread or flour tortilla and Taco Pasta Salad with lettuce inside.

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Taco Pasta Salad

amerika360 says:


This was delicious!! I omitted the garlic because I hate garlic and it wasn't missed. This was great..really enjoyed every bite.

Feb. 16, 2014, 2:23 PM - Inappropriate review?

Taco Pasta Salad

JeanBlacklede says:


I haven't tried this yet but will. Is it possible to make this into a summer meal by adding some cooked chunks of chicken and still be kidney-diet friendly? Dietitian comment: Yes, it will still be suitable for your kidney diet. Each ounce of cooked chicken will add approximately 7 grams protein, 100 mg potassium, 30 mg sodium and 65 mg phosphorus.

Apr. 30, 2013, 2:55 PM - Inappropriate review?

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