Cool Pasta Salads

Orzo and Black Bean Salsa Salad

Orzo and blac 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. 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.

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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 Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Red Beans

Pasta salad with red beans, tomatoes, and broccoli

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→

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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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Cold Farfalle Pasta with White Beans and Corn

Fresh corn on table

Sturdy, savory pasta salads such as this one are reliable offerings for summer company. This is a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables. more→

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Pasta Salad with Chickpeas and Artichoke Hearts

Chickpeas with wooden spoon

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→

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Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Peas

Fresh peas in the shell

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→

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Cold Linguine Salad with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers

Grilled red peppers

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→

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