I hope you are all having a great week. I am here to make your week even better because I have an INCREDIBLE new recipe for homemade vegan pasta salad that I cannot wait to share with my HealthyGirl Kitchen audience.
It’s truly one of the most delicious pasta recipes I’ve ever made – I am in love! The best part about it is that it’s 100% plant-based, oil-free, and gluten-free optional.
Note: If you’d like to make it gluten-free just use gluten-free noodles.
I used romaine for my homemade vegan pasta salad from Josie’s Organics, an amazing all organic company that grows their produce in the fertile California Valley.
Their family farming business dates back to the 1920’s, when two young Swiss immigrants, Sebastian and Josie Braga decided to start growing beets, tomatoes, onions, hay and corn.
Today, three generations later, the organic family farming tradition is being kept alive! Josie’s Organics harvests over 25 varieties of USDA certified organic veggies.
I love their produce and use it every day.
If I see Josie’s Organics in the grocery store, I snatch it up real quick because it’s truly such fresh produce. You can find their produce at stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts and many more.
Josie’s Organics doesn’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their farms. This is so important!
Be sure to look out for Josie’s Organics in your local store! Use their store locator here!
You will be pleased to find that this recipe is super easy. Basically you’re making pasta, combining it with a ton of veggies and chickpeas, then tossing it in a dressing you’ll whip up in the blender.
This homemade vegan pasta salad is:
Honestly, I am not a huge fan of regular pasta salad due to the gloppy mayonaise. My spin on a traditional pasta salad is accompanied with a light, creamy, hemp seed ranch dressing that’s to die for. You’ll be begging for me.
Can I use gluten-free pasta? Yes! Definitely. I recommend shorter noodles for this recipe though but feel free to use a gluten-free variety.
Is there a substitute for hemp seeds? Sure – try pine nuts, cashews, or blanched almonds instead.
Does this make good leftovers? Omg yes! The leftovers are delicious. I can’t wait for you guys to try this. Enjoy it cold the next day.
What other veggies would be good this homemade vegan pasta salad? Adding cucumbers or some peppers would be perfect.
Can I use white beans instead of chickpeas? You sure can.
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Homemade Vegan Pasta Salad (oil-free)
- 8 oz pasta of choice I used whole wheat rotini
- 1.5 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 1.5 cups chopped celery
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
Hemp Seed Ranch
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 1 tsp salt
- Cook your pasta.
- Prep the veggies - chop the celery, halve the cherry tomatoes and chop the fresh dill. Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
- To make the hemp seed ranch, blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Strain the pasta and add into a large mixing bowl. Toss with the dressing, veggies and chickpeas. Garnish with fresh dill.
- Serve and enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Josie’s Organics. I am so honored to partner with such an amazing organic produce company.
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