Quick & Easy Pasta Salad

Vegan Pasta Salad JUST in time for quick, lazy summer meals. Anytime I can avoid turning on the hot stove in the summer, I’m a happy camper :)

Quick & Easy VEGAN Pasta Salad- this recipes comes together in just about 10 minutes and is PERFECT for lazy summer meals that are healthy and still delicious! Substitute the noodles for brown rice noodles to make it gluten free!

Welcome to the warm lazy days of summer where dinner is typically a big salad that I threw together largely just because my garden is bursting and all my lettuce/ veggies are going to go bad if I don’t eat them soon. My lettuce plants are at the point where we have to eat at least a salad a night to keep up with it or else I’m throwing lettuce away. No complaints there though. Besides the lettuce, nothing else is actually ripe but I have baby zucchinis and butternut squash coming in which makes me VERY happy.

I have been and always will be a summer girl. I’ll take hot humid weather ANY DAY over snow and cool weather.

So yea, it’s basically summer and I plan to eat lots of pasta salads similar to this one. Also, this pasta salad is my attempt to replicate my moms pasta salad which is a highly requested dish at ALL family functions.

UPDATE: There’s now a fun little video to go along with this recipe. ENJOY! :)

Quick & Easy VEGAN Pasta Salad- this recipes comes together in just about 10 minutes and is PERFECT for lazy summer meals that are healthy and still delicious! Substitute the noodles for brown rice noodles to make it gluten free!

Pasta is cooked, veggies are chopped, a super simple dressing is made and then it’s ALL mixed together.

I tried out a few combos to decide which dressing to use for this pasta salad. I ended up going with a simple Italian dressing using ingredients I already had in the house.

Quick & Easy VEGAN Pasta Salad- this recipes comes together in just about 10 minutes and is PERFECT for lazy summer meals that are healthy and still delicious! Substitute the noodles for brown rice noodles to make it gluten free!

You can serve it warm but I typically prefer my pasta salad cold. Simply rinse your cooked pasta under cold water to cool in down before mixing it with the veggies and the dressing. Easy peasy.

Needless to say, I’m a huge fan!

Quick & Easy VEGAN Pasta Salad- this recipes comes together in just about 10 minutes and is PERFECT for lazy summer meals that are healthy and still delicious! Substitute the noodles for brown rice noodles to make it gluten free!

I made this pasta salad on a Sunday and ate on it for pretty much the entire week. So, if you’re wondering how long this pasta salad is good for, I’d say you’re good for about 4-5 days at least.

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Vegan Pasta Salad


Ingredients

  • 1 pound of pasta ( I used spirals)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 can of sliced black olives (mine was 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (I used parsley)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • Good pinch of sugar

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions to your desired doneness. Drain and let cool. If serving the pasta salad cold, run the cooked pasta under cold water to cool it off quite a bit.
  2. While the pasta cooks, chop up your veggies and make your dressing.
  3. Make the dressing by combining the olive oil, vinegar, spices, and sugar. Whisk until fully combined and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chopped veggies, parsley (or cilantro) and dressing. Toss until the pasta and veggies are fully coated in the dressing.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!!!

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24 comments on “Quick & Easy Pasta Salad”

  1. OMG SO JEALOUS OF YOUR GARDEN! I loved having a garden and having all the produce. Ugh I miss it. I’m hoping one day I’ll be in a situation where I can have a garden again. I’ve never tried growing lettuce before though, but it is something I would love to try out. Spinach too is on my list.

  2. Looks good and will have to try this recipe. I often find pasta salads bland but yours looks more flavorful

  3. I love a quick and easy crowd pleasing pasta salad. It’s the best choice for big parties, which I am having tomorrow… I may have to make this! My garden is nothing to brag about yet, but I’m crossing my fingers.

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  5. I just made this pasta salad and it was delicious!! I love how healthy it is and vegan friendly.
    Many thanks for the recipe

    • YAY!! Thank you SO much for coming back to let me know, Jenna. That really means a lot to me. I’m borderline obsessed with pasta salads so there will most certainly be more recipes coming in the future :D

  6. Do you think subbing Italian dressing for the olive oil would work? Trying to cut some cals :) Thanks!

  7. Delicious(I thought and hubby thought)! I doubled the dressing and added some salt.Next time, I will add chickpeas. Only thing, my kids did not like it.Maybe just make it for me and hubby???Don’t worry about my kids though, they’re just too picky. I give it 5 out of 5 stars myself.Thank you!

  8. Hi, I’m going to make this for a BBQ I’m having next week. How many servings does it make?

  9. I am just wondering how long this recipe takes to make and how many people it roughly serves?

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  18. Is this good to make the day before?

  19. I like this with extra vinegar and topped with nutritional yeast.