Cool Pasta Salads

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

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

Bursting with Southwestern flavors, this pasta salad, made with tiny rice-shaped orzo, is as flavorful as it is easy to make.

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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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Pasta Salad with Parsley Pesto and Two Squashes

Pasta salad with parsley pesto and two squashes

This flavorful summer pasta salad, featuring zucchini and yellow summer squashes, is a good choice for a vegan/vegetarian potluck, yet easy enough to make as part of an everyday meal. It’s delicious with grilled vegetables and vegan burgers.

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Pasta Salad with Vegan Cheddar and Green Peas

Years ago, as vegetarians, my husband and I traveled through the American heartland, and I remember sampling a traditional salad whose main ingredients are green peas and cheddar cheese. I expanded this basic formula (as well as the foggy memory) into a recipe that includes pasta, making it more substantial.

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Pasta Salad with Red Beans and Tomatoes

fresh tomatoes

Here’s an easy pasta salad to make when summer tomatoes are at their best. It’s also a good summer potluck dish when a sturdy vegan option is needed. more→

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