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Quick & Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

This Vegan Pasta Salad recipe is easy to whip up using a few simple ingredients, all tossed with a simple vinaigrette, it’s customizable, can be made ahead of time and of course – it’s absolutely delicious!

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This cold pasta salad recipe will be a welcome addition to the summer months when temperature rise, and you want a quick and healthy meal without any fuss. Vegan pasta salad can be made ahead of time, and is perfect for potlucks, picnics and BBQ’s. And it’s great for weekly meal prep too!

This vegan pasta salad is a simple side or main dish made with chickpeas, olives, pasta, and vegetables in an easy homemade dressing. It’s healthy, delicious and only takes 15 minutes to throw together, but I do recommend refrigerating for at least an hour before serving. This dish is best served cold, and the refrigeration time gives the flavors a chance to come together.

Full of freshness and simple to make, this is my go-to easy pasta salad recipe for potlucks and gatherings, and beats store-bought every time! You can make it even easier by using a store bought dressing, but homemade IS the way to go – you may even like to try this Flax & Evo Balsamic Vinaigrette!

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Vegan Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • 16 ozpasta (rotini, penne, bow ties, elbow)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 8 ozgrape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette

  • 3 – 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (white or red wine vinegar is great too)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence is ok too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • generous pinch mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon, optional

How To Make Vegan Pasta Salad

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain and rinse the pasta under cool running water.
  • Mix the dressing, and prep the veggies and chickpeas while the pasta is cooking.
  • To assemble the pasta salad, add the pasta, colorful veggies to a large serving bowl (or the pot the pasta was cooked in), pour the dressing overtop and mix well to coat.
  • Serve this pasta salad at room temperature or chilled. For added flavor, add a sprinkle of Almond Parmesan before serving!

And that’s it, vegan pasta salad with simple ingredients made quick and easy!

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I Use a Different Type of Pasta for This Cold Pasta Salad?

Yes, you can use any short style pasta you have on hand, such as fusilli, rotini, penne, shells, bow ties, and elbow pasta are all great and would work well in this recipe. Whole grain pasta is a healthy choice, and use gluten free pasta for diet restrictions.

Can I Add Different Veggies to This Recipe?

Yes, feel free to use up whatever veggies you have in your fridge. I’ve kept it simple using bell pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes and olives. Other diced veggies that work well are:

  • zucchini
  • cucumber
  • pepperoncinis
  • green onions
  • broccoli
  • carrots

Can You Make Pasta Salad in Advance?

Yes, this pasta salad can be made ahead of time, and tastes even better after it’s been refrigerated. You just may want to add a little extra dressing the pasta will soak it up, this is why I love have extra lemons on had to squeeze overtop adding a nice lemony flavor. If taking to get togethers, I would suggest to make it no more than 24 hours in advance for best quality.

How Long Is Pasta Salad Good For?

This cold pasta salad is great for meal prepping and will last for up to 5 days, if kept tightly sealed in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s always best to toss the salad before serving to re

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Quick + Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

The perfect quick and easy pasta salad made from scratch, it’s loaded with veggies, hearty pasta and finished off with a tangy dressing! This is a classic, go-to summer side or main dish.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Entree, Side
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. pasta (rotini, penne, bow ties, elbow)
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (6oz) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 8 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes (about 1 1/2 cups), sliced in half
  • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced and quartered (optional)
  • 1/41/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette

  • 34 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (white or red wine vinegar is great too)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence is ok too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • generous pinch mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon, optional

Instructions

Pasta: Cook pasta according to package instructions to al dente. Drain and rinse until cold water.

Assemble: Pour pasta into a bowl, add tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, red onion and parsley. Pour the dressing over top and gently toss to coat.

Serve at room temperature or keep in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to 6 days. Add more vinegar, oil and/or lemon as needed.

Add a sprinkle of almond parmesan for added flavor!

Serves 4 – 6

Notes

For convenience, use 1/4 – 1/3 cup of your favorite Italian dressing. You may also like to try this Flax & Evo Balsamic Vinaigrette for variation.

Feel free to add or subtract any of the pasta salad ingredients. For the veggies, use diced or sliced, zucchini, cucumber, carrots, broccoli, or green onions.

The chickpeas can be optional, but do add a nice amount of protein, rounding out the nutritional profile and making this a good main dish.

*{Nutrition information includes chickpeas and 3 tablespoons olive oil.}

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11 Comments

  1. I have made this recipe a few time to take to potlucks and family get together. I love it because it’s so easy to make ahead, it’s always a hit, and it’s something that I know I can eat at a potluck and not feel like I’m missing out. I usually make it a day in advance and make extra dressing to add to it the day of serving. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. I made this recipe with glutenfree pasta. It was so fresh and delicious.
    I will definitely make it again.

  3. Can I make this today and use it for tomorrow? Or what do you recommend?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, this is a great pasta salad for making ahead!

  4. Rosemary Rowe says:

    I absolutely love this! It was so tasty – the vinaigrette made it for me… I cheated and added gherkins and chickpeas, plus a tsp of nutritional yeast and some chia seeds!
    Your blog has made me very popular with my vegan adult kids, lol!

  5. This was so good!! So much flavor. Where are your bowls from? So cute!

    1. The one in the first photo :)

    2. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for sharing, Emma! The bowl was gifted to me a few years ago. I love it so much! It’s made by Colleen Hennessey, you can find her pottery shop online. Happy everything :)

  6. How much parsley do you use? The ingredient list doesn’t specify. Thank you in advance! We can’t wait to try this recipe :)

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup parsley, use whatever amount you prefer. I love parsley and would use 1/2 cup rough chopped. If you finely chop it, maybe 1/4 cup is good. Thank you so much for pointing that out, I can’t believe I forgot it. I’ve updated the recipe to show the amount. Enjoy, it’s so delicious!

      1. Thank you for your prompt response! I was planning on making it last night so I’m glad you got back to me. This was delicious!!! I’ve been having a really hard time finding recipes that my picky children will eat. I’m happy to say, this recipe was a success for my whole household! Thank you so much for creating delicious, vegan dishes and sharing your recipes. This will now be apart of our lunch rotation and added to my children’s very short list of meals they like :)
        P.S. I’ve been making your banana chocolate chip muffins for years and they are AMAZING!

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