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Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

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This vegan Italian Pasta Salad can be made oil-free and gluten-free perfect for summer lunches.

Vegan Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Who doesn’t love a quick, easy, healthy vegan summer dinner recipe?

I know I do.

I am all for easy dinners in general.

What’s nice about this recipe is the fact that you can switch up the vegetables to whatever you like.

I had never had asparagus in pasta salad but I’m a fan.

Is this salad good if it’s an oil-free recipe?

This is a great McDougall pasta salad recipe. If you’re not familiar with the McDougall diet in short it’s a higher carb, low fat, no oil whole foods-based eating.

Sometimes eating no oil can make things not as flavorful as the oil would bring.

This pasta salad is still full of flavor without adding a ton of extra calories in oil.

If not eating oil doesn’t excite you go ahead and add some or use a store-bought Italian salad dressing.

Can you use a store-bought Italian dressing?

Absolutely! It will save you a little bit of time and still be tasty.

As always make sure you check the ingredients.

What ingredients do you need for this vegan Italian pasta salad?

  • 16 oz pasta of your choice
  • broccoli
  • asparagus
  • beans
  • black olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegan oil-free Italian dressing either dressing below or store-bought
  • Oil-free Italian dressing
  • water
  • cornstarch
  • onion powder
  • vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt
  • oregano
  • dried mustard
  • paprika
  • garlic

How do make this summer meal?

Start by cooking your pasta as directed, in the last 5 minutes add your vegetables, then strain and set aside.

Get a large bowl and add the olives, beans, and tomatoes.

Add your pasta and vegetables and stir.

Make your dressing.

cornstarch and water mix

Take your cold water and corn starch and mix.

Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes stir, then heat another minute and stir.

This should be thicker.

Then add all the other dressing ingredients and stir.

Add 1 cup of this to the pasta salad and stir.

Let sit in the fridge and marinate.

This is best the next day, add salt and pepper to taste.

vegan Italian Pasta Salad
vegan Italian Pasta Salad

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes

This vegan Italian pasta salad is the perfect summer treat, plus its oil-free so it's nice and light.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz pasta of your choice
  • 1-2 cups broccoli, chopped bite size
  • 8 ounces asparagus, chopped bite size
  • 1 can beans, rinsed and drained *I used kidney beans
  • 8 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup vegan oil-free Italian dressing either dressing below or store-bought

Oil-free Italian dressing **

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Additional ad ins

  • Any vegetable you want
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking your pasta as directed, in the last 5 minutes add your vegetables, then strain and set aside,
  2. Get a large bowl and add the olives, beans, and tomatoes. Add your pasta and vegetables and stir.
  3. Make your dressing. Take your cold water and corn starch and mix. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes stir, then heat another minute and stir. This should be thicker. Then add all the other dressing ingredients and stir. Add 1 cup of this to the pasta salad and stir. Let sit in the fridge and marinate. This is best the next day, add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

**If you're not oil-free you could do half water half oil.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 449mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.

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