Cool Pasta Salads

Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Tomato Tortellini or Ravioli Salad

Tomatoes with Ravioli

There’s something really satisfying about filled pastas like tortellini or ravioli, especially now that there are several vegan varieties to choose from. Combined with summer’s ripe tomatoes and basil, they are the basis of a delicious main dish salad. Look for them in the freezer section of natural foods stores. more→

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Tofu “Feta”

tofu feta

This tasty vegan pasta salad featuring roasted peppers, fresh tomatoes, and tofu “feta”  is great for parties, potlucks and barbecues.  more→

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Cold Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil

Cold pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

The companionable summer duo—tomatoes and basil—becomes quite a delicacy when teamed with pasta in a dish that’s best served at room temperature. See the variation below — adding vegan mozzarella makes it a Caprese-style pasta dish. more→

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Vegan Pasta Salad Niçoise

Vegan Pasta Salad Niçoise

The ingredients of Salade Nicoise—green beans, white beans, ripe tomatoes, and cured olives— join forces with pasta to make a delectable cold dish. Baked marinated tofu stands in for tuna, another standard Nicoise ingredient. This makes a heaping helping even with only 8 ounces pasta, making it a nice summer potluck dish.  more→

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Three-Bean Pasta Salad

green beans in a colander

Adding pasta to the popular three-bean salad combo gives it a contemporary twist. more→

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Orzo and Black Bean Salsa Salad

Cilantro on table

Bursting with Southwestern flavors, this pasta salad, made with tiny rice-shaped orzo, is as flavorful as it is easy to make. It features corn, prepared salsa and lots of cilantro.

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Marinated Eggplant Pasta Salad

eggplants

The eggplant in this luscious pasta salad takes on a crunchy, almost pickle-like texture, and the zingy marinade penetrates its every fiber. You have to make this one the day before you plan to eat it, but it’s totally worth the wait. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude *  more→

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