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easy vegan pasta salad by Desiree Nielsen RD
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

This easy vegan pasta salad has a Mediterranean vibe and takes just minutes to throw together from pantry staples. It's fresh, filling and picnic-ready!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Dressings, Pasta, Salad
Dietary Preference: dairy free, egg free, Gluten-Free, low FODMAP, nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 350 g of your favourite pasta about 3 dry cups (750ml)
  • 3 cups packed of assorted vegetables I recommend a mixture of herbs, greens, soft vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, and crunchy veg such as diced cucumber or broccoli
  • 14 oz can chickpeas or white beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup jarred roasted red peppers or artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives chopped, or 1/4 cup capers

Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1-1½ lemons
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cane sugar
  • ½ clove garlic micrograted or crushed
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place in a large salad bowl.
  • Whisk up lemon juice, oil, Dijon, oregano, salt, sugar, garlic and pepper in a small bowl or shake up in a jam jar. Taste and adjust salt as necessary. Set aside.
  • Add roasted red peppers, fresh or cooked vegetables, olives and beans to pasta and toss to combine. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. 
  • Salad will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge and is delicious topped with homemade almond ricotta or tofu feta.

Notes

My DIY almond ricotta is super easy to make and so delicious!