Easy Veggie Pasta Salad Recipe ( Creamy & OF )

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An easy veggie cold pasta salad recipe that is perfect for summer. This oil-free pasta salad is customizable, super delicious & perfect for meal prep !

An overhead shot of vegan pasta salad in a deep plate

This easy veggie pasta salad is a perfect for the hot and humid summer months, where all you crave is cold and fresh foods. It is also serves as a perfect side dish for your summer BBQ parties, potlucks and picnics ! It is also a really great meal prep recipe as it stores well in the fridge.

Here is why you need to make this easy creamy pasta salad ASAP . It is :

  • Oil-free
  • Gluten-free ( if you use GF pasta )
  • Extra saucy and creamy
  • Vegan
  • Easy to make
  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy
  • Versatile
  • Super delicious

Are you convinced to make this now ? Here are the ingredients needed for your easy pasta salad…

Ingredients needed for vegan pasta salad

What you will need

  • A creamy oil-free dressing– no worries ! The recipe for this dressing is provided.
  • Pasta of choice- use gluten-free pasta if needed. I am using whole wheat pasta but any types of pasta works well . )
  • A variety of colourful veggies– I am using bell peppers, corn, red onion and green peas here. But you can swap them with any veggies that you like / have on hand !

Oil-free dressing for pasta salad

For this oil-free dressing, we are using white beans and cashews as our base. These 2 works really well as a creamy salad dressing without using any oil or mayo. Other than that, they also provide additional protein to this salad which is a bonus for me. As for the seasonings, I am using maple syrup, salt and pepper, and lastly mustard and vinegar for that tangy flavour.

How to make :

  1. Start by making your oil-free pasta salad dressing. Combine all ingredients needed for the dressing into a blender/ food processor and blend until smooth. At this point, you may need to add some water to thin the mixture out, or extra seasonings to your dressing.
  2. Next, cook your pasta according to the package instructions. In the meantime, prep your veggies.
  3. In a large bowl , combine all ingredients together with the dressing and toss until the dressing is evenly distributed.
  4. Place it in the fridge and let it chill for 2 hours. But if you are like me and cannot wait, you can dig in straight away !

Notes and other helpful tips :

  • Make this recipe gluten-free by simply using gluten-free pasta. You can also use whatever pasta you have on hand.
  • Feel free to substitute the veggies in this recipe for other veggies you have on hand ! Cucumber, tomatoes and zucchini works well in this recipe.
  • This recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Easy Veggie Pasta Salad Recipe ( vegan and OF )

meesha
An easy veggie cold pasta salad recipe that is perfect for summer. This oil-free pasta salad is customizable, super delicious & perfect for meal prep !
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 453 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the creamy oil-free dressing

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight*
  • 3/4 cup white beans ( or 1/2 15 oz canned )
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard of choice
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the salad

  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen/ fresh / canned corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 small red onion, cubed
  • 1 cup dried pasta of choice **

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the oil-free dressing. Combine all ingredients needed for the dressing, along with 1/4 cup of water in a high speed blender / food processor. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more water to thin out the dressing. Give it a taste and add more seasonings, id needed.
  • Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. In the meantime, prep your veggies. Steam your corn kernels and green peas in some boiling water for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss until the dressing is evenly distributed.
  • Serve it immediately, or let it chill in the fridge for around 2 hours if you prefer a cold salad. Enjoy !

Notes

*For a quick soak method, soak your cashews in hot water for 20 mins. 
**To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta . 
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Nutrition info is calculated using wholemeal pasta. 



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