Vegan Pasta Salad

by DanicasDaily on March 6, 2009

The Husband requested to have my pasta salad for dinner tonight and even went to the store to buy the ingredients – woohoo! I was so excited when I realized it fell under the vegan criteria. He also found steak on sale so while I grilled up his huge TriTip, I made myself an Amy’s California Burger. It was so good and tasty – I really like how you can taste the walnuts and the brown rice.

03/06/09 Dinner

I topped my burger with sliced roma tomato, cucumber chips, Annie’s Natural Ketchup (my favorite!) and dijon mustard. I had more cucumber chips on the side (these are basically like bread n butter pickles but I think better).

03/06/09 Amy's California Burger

Now onto the pasta salad. I had originally developed this recipe from a Weight Watcher Recipe that I had made a few years ago. I added to the mix by using a ton more veggies and making up my own dressing for the salad. Kriwn ~ you will recognize this one as it is the same dressing I’ve used to marinade meats, etc in. This recipe is so easy to make – you can cut up everything and toss it in a big bowl all while the pasta is cooking. It gets better as it sits and the flavors marinate.

Danica's Vegan Pasta Salad

I often take this to every potlucks and barbecues. I think you will find as I have that people will begin to request you bring it and are sad if you make something else instead lol.

Danica’s Pasta Salad
Serves 12+, 1 cup heaping servings, 4 points+ each

Feel free to mix up your ingredients – I tend to use whatever veggies are in the fridge but have also added garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, etc.


8 oz uncooked whole-wheat pasta, corkscrew shape (about 3 cups)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
2-3 Tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 can large olives sliced in half
1 medium green pepper(s), chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), chopped (about 1 cup)
1 container grape tomatoes, or other small tomatoes, halved
1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced (about
1/2 cup)
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 carrot grated
1 English Cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup snap peas, chopped
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1/4 c chopped fresh basil or parsley or a mix of both


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water; drain again and set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare salad dressing by mixing together oil,through garlic in a small bowl; set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta with vegetables; pour in dressing and toss thoroughly to coat. Cover and chill about 2 hours. Yields about 1 heaping cup per serving.

I will update this post with the nutritional information later, but, I guarantee it is very low in calories.

Tonight’s dinner is presented using some of the new stuff The Husband bought me. He surprised me yesterday by going out and buying some different placements, bowls and plates so that I am not always taking pictures using the same thing. He is so adorable!

We signed up for NetFlix last night – woohoo! So excited as I have been wanting to do this for awhile. We already watched on free movie last night and have one on the way today ~ Fun!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kirwin March 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

This pasta salad looks soooo good. I’m going to have to make this, too. You’re so creative! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

2 Danica's Daily March 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Kirwin ~ Thank, I definitely think you will love this recipe and it is so easy to make. The chopping of the veggies is the hardest part. You can mix/match/remove any veggies you want.

3 Danica's Daily March 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Kirwin ~ Thank, I definitely think you will love this recipe and it is so easy to make. The chopping of the veggies is the hardest part. You can mix/match/remove any veggies you want.

4 Anonymous March 14, 2009 at 2:59 am

Rachel said…
Pasta salad rocked. We had it last friday. We grilled vegetarian Texas Patty (Amy’s), cooked corn on the cob, and with your butternut squash receipe-I did the same thing but used sweet potato instead. I cut them in large pieces so they looked like steak fries. My family ate it all no leftovers. Oh ya almost forgot…I added avacado with the pasta salad and it was yumm. Tell Jay thanks again for bring it to the office.

5 Danica's Daily March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Rachel ~ I am so glad you all liked it. Now you have the recipe and can make it all the time too :)

6 Danica's Daily March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Rachel ~ I am so glad you all liked it. Now you have the recipe and can make it all the time too :)

7 Paije June 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Ohhhh making this tonight for a healthier option at our work bbq! Can’t wait! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

8 Jenna May 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

Lovely salad! (Not vegan, though…it has honey). I made it yesterday and it was a big hit.

9 DanicasDaily May 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hi Jenna,

I know honey is border line for some on being vegan. You can substitute agave nectar for the honey (updated to note this). Glad you enjoyed the salad.


10 Jenna May 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Last week I took this to a work lunch. It was gone in under 5 minutes. People loved it. Thanks again, Danica, esp for updating the recipe.

11 Rhonda October 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I made this last night. It was great! Thank you. I didn’t have the squash or zucchini, but I did have broccoli, so I substituted the broccoli. Thanks!

12 DanicasDaily October 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I LOVE the idea of using broccoli! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out.


13 Theresa February 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

Thanks for the pasta recipe. I made it last night and loved it. I took a photo and posted a link to your page.

14 Sarah P April 17, 2012 at 7:29 am

This is not has honey in it. Honey is not vegan.

15 DanicasDaily April 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hi Sarah,

There is a notation that says you can use Agave to make it Vegan.



16 melissa May 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

This is delicious, just what I was looking for. thank you so much! I did no garlic, a little less balsamic, yellow squash, zucchini, chickpeas.

17 Damian December 24, 2012 at 8:11 am


I can’t see where the balsamic vinegar is used nor the oregano or mustard. I assumed they were part of the dressing so that’s where I used them. :P

18 DanicasDaily December 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hi Damian,

You used them correctly – they are listed in the instructions under prepare the dressing by combining the oil through the garlic.

Thanks for asking,


19 Diane January 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I found this while searching “vegan pasta salad”…as I read the ingredients, I noticed honey…and I know it states “OR agave nectar”…but the title reads “vegan pasta salad”…use of honey is not vegan…

20 DanicasDaily February 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hi Diane,

I use Agave Nectar when I make this salad – that is vegan as I noted above. You have the option of using either, however, I know Honey is border line for some vegans.



21 margo June 5, 2013 at 2:07 am

I too made this pasta salad which was very well received. I did not add the squash – can you really eat it raw??

22 Karen April 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

To all those whining about the honey not being “vegan enough”. You are exactly the reason people react to the word “vegan” as if we all have a stick up our backsides. The recipe CLEARLY states honey OR agave nectar. Geez – let it go, already. Your habit of pointing out the obvious is annoying.

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