Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

There’s just something about pasta salad that puts me in the mood for summer. Truth be told, my mom makes THE BEST pasta salad EVER but since she’s been out of town a lot lately and I was craving some good pasta salad, I decided to make my own version (but I’m still hoping to share my moms recipe soon!!).

I really just wanted an excuse to use THIS Vegan Parmesan Cheese recipe that I’ve been REALLY into lately from Minimalist Baker. Actually, I’ve been kind of into all of the recipes from Dana’s blog. She has SO many great healthy and nutritional alternatives to everyday ingredients.

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Also- Nutritional Yeast!! Where has this stuff been all my life??! I’ve been sprinkling it on pretty much everything lately as an alternative to salt and cheeses. I have Italian in my blood which means that I’m inclined to put cheese on….everything. So, this nutritional yeast has been a lifesaver for me lately and I’m loving it!

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

I digress. Back to the pasta salad! I made a big pot of this pasta salad and ate on it for a good few days. I noticed that after a couple days, the pasta salad got a bit dry so I added in a splash or water and a little olive oil before heating it up.

Besides sautéing the garlic a bit, the whole dish comes together in one big pot. The pasta is cooked and the broccoli added in.

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

Once the pasta and broccoli are fully cooked, the spinach is added in to wilt a bit.

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

Then the remaining ingredients are added including the lemon juice and zest and a bit of garlic melted in vegan butter (YUM!).

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

I topped mine with a bit more of the nutritional yeast (because I’m truly obsessed) and a few extra wedges of lemon :D

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad- this recipe is VERY quick and easy to make as well as a dairy-free and healthy alternative!!

I’m definitely going to be making this pasta salad a few more times throughout the summer!

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Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad


  • Author: B. Britnell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of rotini pasta (I used gluten free pasta)
  • 1 1/2 pounds of broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 handfuls of spinach (about 4 packed cups)
  • 3 tablespoons of vegan butter
  • zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of vegan parmesan (I use THIS RECIPE from Minimalist Baker)
  • optional for serving: olive oil for drizzling, extra vegan parmesan and/or nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste, lemon wedges to garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil water, add in pasta, turn down heat just a bit, and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the broccoli, stir, and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the pasta is at your desired doneness.
  3. Drain all of the water and return the pasta/ broccoli to the pot. Add in the spinach and lemon zest, stir, and cover the pot. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the spinach has begun to wilt.
  4. While you wait, heat the butter in a small skillet. Once just hot, add in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Take off of heat.
  5. Stir into the pasta the garlic butter mixture, lemon juice, and stir to combine.
  6. Finally, stir in the parmesan cheese until fully mixed in.
  7. Serve and garnish with a bit of extra vegan parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil, lemon wedges, and salt and pepper if desired.

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22 comments on “Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad”

  1. We have SO much broccoli right now! And like, 6 boxes of chickpea pasta that I’ve been meaning to use up. Perfect!

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  7. Where does the vegan butter come in? I can’t seem to find it in the recipe!

  8. My kids are 21 & 25 now enjoying the vegan lifestyle and I made this last night and even without the cheese it was delicious !!! A quick n healthy dinner or side ( also enjoyed cold) thanks bb , you get 5 stars here!

  9. Do you just add the vegan Parmesan as a topping at the end? I did not see anywhere else to add it into the recipe, and one cup seems like a lot for garnish.

    • SOrry about that!!! I’ve updated the recipe but you’re right. I actually just stir the cheese in at the very end after I’ve stirred in the garlic butter.

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  14. So I’m making this right now and don’t anticipate an answer super quickly but what do you do with the garlic? Do you chop it, mince it, press it or just let it infuse the butter and remove it before adding it to the pasta? 

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