Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

Sorry for the poor quality photo; we ate most of the salad before I remembered to snap a picture!
Sorry for the poor quality photo; we ate most of the salad before I remembered to snap a picture!

This recipe is so simple & delicious; definitely a must-have for BBQs & potlucks this summer! Another great find out of my Ten Talents cookbook (my #1 recommendation for plant-based recipes). The original recipe is called “Bow Tie Garden Pasta Salad,” but why limit yourself to one type of pasta? This recipe is verstile & I chose to use a tricolor rotini wheat-pasta, but use whatever pasta you have on hand! I do think that smaller pastas would probably work better than long ones – i.e. use rings, macaroni, bowties, penne over spaghetti, vermicelli, lasagna, etc. Also feel free to play around with the type of salad dressing & veggies you use.

I also added 1 cup of canned beans to the recipe to get some added protein in there for us plant-based eaters! Feel free to use any type that you like, I used organic salad beans which have a mixture of kidney, garbanzo &  pinto.

Easy Vegan Pasta SaladNL_easypastasalad

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. favorite pasta, uncooked
  • 1 cup of favorite canned beans
  • 1 cup bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced or chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, minced
  • Vegan Italian salad dressing to taste (I used Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions & drain
  2. Rinse with cold water & drain again
  3. In a large bowl combine pasta with remaining ingredients & toss gently to coat
  4. Cover & chill at least 2 hours

Yes, it’s really that simple!

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