Veggie Packed Pasta Salad

Updated on March 7, 2019
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I love to cook, try new recipes, and share them! When healthy ingredients meet complementary spices, magic happens in the kitchen.

The best pasta salad ever!
The best pasta salad ever!

The Most Versatile Recipe

This recipe is my new all-time favorite thing to make and eat! I was at a friend's house, and she made a salad without pasta but with a similar dressing. Ever since then, I've been altering the ingredients slightly but making pasta salad, plain veggie salad, and even using the veggies without the pasta as a salsa with chips.

You can top this with feta cheese and add corn or any of your other favorite veggies that are in season. Once all the veggies are chopped, this recipe comes together pretty quickly and lasts in the fridge for a while.

If you plan to keep this for a few days, add the avocado just before serving so you don't have brown avocado pieces in your pasta salad!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 6 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 3 seedless small cucumbers, chopped
  • 2-3 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 pound rotini pasta, cooked and cooled

Instructions

  1. Chop all vegetables and put them in a large bowl.
  2. Cook pasta per package directions and set aside.
  3. Combine all liquid ingredients and spices. Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  4. Pour dressing over veggies and stir to coat. Once pasta has cooled, stir in pasta.
  5. Top with feta cheese, kalamata olives, or seeds/nuts. Serve and enjoy!
  6. This recipe will be good refrigerated for up to 7 days, less if it has cheese or avocado in it.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 331
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 53 g18%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 28 mg9%
Sodium 271 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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