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Mexican Pasta Salad

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1 1/4 pounds fusilli pasta
1 1/2 tbsp plus 1/3 cup olive oil
1 2 1/2-pound roasted chicken, skinned, meat shredded or 7 cups shredded cooked turkey
4 large tomatoes, seeded, diced (about 4 cups)
3 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen, thawed)
3 large carrots, thinly sliced on diagonal, slices cut lengthwise into thin strips
1/2 large red onion, chopped
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp fresh lime juice
2 jalape?o chilies, seeded, minced
1 1/4 tsp chili powder
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 bunches fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped


Cook fusilli pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse pasta with cold water to cool. Drain pasta well. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and mix thoroughly to coat. Add shredded chicken or turkey, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, carrot strips and chopped onion and toss.
Mix Dijon mustard and fresh lime juice in small bowl. Gradually mix in remaining 1/3 cup olive oil. Mix in minced jalape?o chilies, chili powder and ground cumin. Add dressing and chopped fresh cilantro to salad and mix to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Salad can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)