Creamy Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad

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Warm summer months call for Creamy Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad! Gluten-free al dente pasta, crunchy and colorful veggies, and a creamy vegan sauce make this an allergy-friendly spin on the traditional picnic favorite.

Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad

Now that the sun is shining, its time for picnics and pasta salad! This Creamy Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for potlucks, barbecues, and picnics. It tastes like summertime and is filled with delicious veggies! I truly cannot recommend this dish enough. It’s wonderful for sharing with a crowd, but I also love it as a lunchtime dish. It keeps really well in the refrigerator and tastes just as good the next day!

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Vegan Creamy Pasta Salad

I made this pasta salad super creamy using my Easy Homemade Vegan Cashew Cream instead of traditional mayonnaise. I love this cashew cream recipe and make at least one batch every week! It’s a plant-based way to add really rich, creamy texture to so many of my favorite recipes. It has a cashew base, so it’s filled with plant-based protein and are also incredibly nutrient dense.  Cashews are an excellent source of copper as well as magnesium, manganese, vitamin K, phosphorous and zinc. For a tangier flavor try my Homemade Vegan Sour Cream.

Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

Gluten-Free Pasta for Pasta Salad

One of my favorite gluten-free pastas is Jovial brown rice flour pasta. It boils to a perfect al dente and holds it’s shape really well in the refrigerator. I also love Andean Dream quinoa pasta and buy that in bulk on Amazon. Any of your favorite gluten-free pastas (or even regular wheat pasta if you aren’t gluten-free!) will work in this recipe. Make it your own!

Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad

Veggies for Pasta Salad

I loaded this Picnic Pasta Salad with all of my favorite in-season summer produce. It’s a total rainbow of nutritious flavor! You can add any of your favorite vegetables, but for this recipe I prefer:

  • Bell peppers
  • Green onions
  • Red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pitted olives
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
Gluten-Free Vegan Pasta Salad

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pasta Salad

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Creamy Vegan Picnic Pasta Slaad


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Warm summer months call for Creamy Vegan Picnic Pasta Salad! Gluten-free al dente pasta, crunchy and colorful veggies, and a creamy vegan sauce make this an allergy-friendly spin on the traditional picnic favorite.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 ounces short cut pasta (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 batch vegan cashew cream (or use homemade vegan sour cream for a bit more tang)
  • 2.5 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup mixed fresh herbs (such as dill, Italian parsley, tarragon, basil, chives)
  • 2 green onions, ends removed, diced
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow and/or orange), stem and seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced

Optional Additional Veggies

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup celery ribs, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives
  • 1/4 cup peeled and diced English cucumber

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions (I like to add 1/2 tablespoon fine salt to the cooking water for best results).  Strain and rinse the cooked pasta with cold water.  Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together cashew cream (or vegan sour cream if using) and vinegar, maple syrup and salt.  Add herbs and whisk again.
  3. Add all the vegetables (green onions, bell peppers, onions and any other vegetables desired) to the mixing bowl with the combined sauce.  Stir well to fully coat all the vegetables evenly.  If you add more than two additional vegetables you might want to increase the sauce slightly.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the mixing bowl and toss well to combine and evenly coat the pasta with the veggies and sauce.  Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to five days.

Notes

I love to use Andean Dreams quinoa pasta which is gluten-free and provides protein in this dish making it a complete meal.  Jovial brown rice gluten-free pasta works really well here too.

  • Category: Side Dish

Keywords: vegan pasta salad

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2 Comments

  1. Sara

    This is the best thing I ever ate– HOW IS THERE NO MAYO (vegan mayo even)?!?! it tastes like the “real” deal– Im in awe!!!






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    • Elaine Gordon

      Aw thank you so much, Sara! I am so happy you loved this one! I know… it’s crazy it can be so creamy and yummy without a lick of vegan mayo or any mayo of any kind. My husband actually strongly dislikes mayo of any kind so that is how this recipe came to be! Thank you again! XO

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