How to Make Quick and Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

This vegan pasta salad is simple, fresh and flavorful! It's the perfect side dish for summer.

As summer temperatures rise, we’re adding more quick and easy dishes to our menu. In particular, this vegan pasta salad is bursting with bold flavors from juicy tomatoes, briny olives, crunchy bell pepper and more fresh vegetables. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll be coming back for seconds!

Make this pasta salad for meal-prepped lunches throughout the week, picnics or any summer celebration.

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How to Make Vegan Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe from reader Melissa Marsh is delicious, with a zippy balsamic vinegar dressing. I made some small changes to make the recipe vegan, though.

Ingredients

For the Salad: 

  • 16 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 6 ounces sliced black olives
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

Step 1: Cook the pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse with water and let cool.

Step 2: Combine the vegetables

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, zucchini, bell pepper, red onion and green onion.

Step 3: Make the dressing

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 4: Mix the salad

Stir your cooked pasta into the vegetable mixture, then pour the dressing over pasta salad and toss to coat.

Step 5: Cover and refrigerate

Once pasta salad is combined, taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Still hungry? Find more vegan recipes.

Vegan pasta saladJenna Urben for Taste of Home

How to Make This Recipe Your Own

This vegan pasta salad is super versatile, so feel free to make it your own. For additional flavor, I love adding a shake or two of nutritional yeast on top of my serving.

You can use any diced vegetables in this recipe; here are a few popular add-in ideas:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Cucumber

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! This pasta salad recipe can easily be altered to fit many dietary restrictions. If you’re gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free pasta.

Looking for more tips and ideas? Check out our guide to making pasta salad!

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.