Cool Pasta Salads
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. Serve with vegan quesadillas any time of year, or with grilled vegetables and a simple slaw for a nice summer meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
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→
Here’s an easy pasta salad featuring red beans and lots of fresh herbs, it’s a great dish to make when summer tomatoes are at their best. It’s also a good summer potluck dish when a sturdy vegan option is needed. Even though only a half pound of pasta is used, an abundance of veggies ensures that this goes a long way. more→
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.
Sturdy, savory pasta salads such as this one are reliable offerings for summer company. This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables. more→
Featuring tasty chickpeas, marinated artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and olives, the ingredients for this delectable pasta salad can be easily doubled to make it party-sized. more→
I especially like this sprightly pasta salad made with orecchiette (“little ears”), a small, delicate pasta. Use very slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. more→
This cold linguine pasta salad features vigorous flavors provided by roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and lots of fresh parsley. It will hold up well on hot days or when being transported to a potluck. more→