Here’s a delicious reworking of traditional macaroni salad. Prepared with whole-grain pasta and lots of crunchy fresh veggies, this one is so nutritious, it can stand alone as a main dish! A refreshing change from the same old salad routine.
This dressing is creamy and mildly sweet, flavored with a blend of garlic, mustard and lemon. I will quote my husband on his first bite of this salad: “Damn, that’s good!”
Creamy Pasta Salad
2 cups dried whole grain pasta, cooked, drained and chilled
3 ribs celery, sliced
2 carrots, grated
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 dates, pitted and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Fresh ground black pepper
Combine cashews, dates and water and set aside while you prepare the vegetables. Place cashew mixture in high-powered blender with remaining dressing ingredients and process until smooth. Toss with vegetables and pasta to coat.
Recipe courtesy of Cathy Fisher: http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/
This looks super tasty. I’ve been looking for a yummy pasta salad recipe and this may just be it! Thanks!
Thanks for posting. I’m planning a vegan menu for 80 people on sunday, and this will definitely be on it!
80 people…wow! I am sure this salad will be a crowd pleaser! Enjoy.–Melanie
Made this last night with great success- only small tweak I made was to add nutritional yeast to the dressing. It was definitely a hit. Thanks!
All that creamy deliciousness with no oil!!! Yes!
Thanks for the like on my blog! This salad looks absolutely delicious. In less than a minute, you have me hooked – I’ll be back!
That cashew dressing sounds really creamy. What a great summer recipe! Celeste 🙂
Yum! I need to make this!
I have been looking for a great vegan pasta salad. The dressing looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
Thanks! The recipe IS delicious and oil-free!
Definitely making this!
The dressing sounds divine, and I love the addition of the olives.
Thanks, Dorothy 🙂 They really add a nice contrast!
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