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Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad

This 30-minute pasta salad is inspired by my Greek pasta salad with tofu feta cheese that many of you have told me you made on repeat last summer. (Side note: thank you! Feedback like that makes my day!) Similarly, this easy pasta salad recipe uses gluten-free fusilli and lots of fresh vegetables, but instead of a vinaigrette I whipped up a quick and creamy tahini dressing that’s a perfect balance of rich, tangy, sweet, and salty. I want to put it on everything!

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I’m forever trying to work a mix of colorful produce into our meals, so I went with a simple combination of artichoke hearts, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and fresh parsley to round out the pasta. This is an excellent “clean-out-the-fridge” type of recipe, so feel free to swap in whatever you currently have on hand!

For protein, I love cannellini beans here because they add to the already creamy tahini dressing (chickpeas or navy beans would also be delicious). And speaking of that dressing—all you need to make it is tahini (duh, and FYI—the drippier your tahini, the better), fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, pure maple syrup, and a clove of minced garlic. Normally I would use water to thin my salad dressing, but this time I was going for extra creamy so I tried homemade cashew milk, with awesome results. Most any plain, unsweetened plant milk should work, so again, use what you have!

Aaron and I tend to be “one-bowl” people, so we’ve been eating our pasta salad as a main meal, but it’d of course be great as a side dish too. I’m thinking picnics, potlucks, BBQs, beach days…summer really is the best, isn’t it?

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Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad

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Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad

Vegan, Gluten Free,

Serves: 6 as a main, 10 as a side


Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

30-Minute Vegan Tahini Pasta Salad made from gluten-free fusilli pasta, lots of fresh vegetables, and a bright, creamy tahini dressing instead of mayo. A great make-ahead meal or side!

30-Minute Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free!) | picklesnhoney.com #tahini #pasta #salad #side #main #lunch #dinner #recipe #vegan #glutenfree

Creamy Tahini Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

for the pasta salad:

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice fusilli pasta
  • 1 15.5 ounce can (1½ cups) cooked cannellini beans
  • 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts in water, drained and quartered
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup halved kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

for the dressing:

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup plain unsweetened plant milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Servings: 6 as a main, 10 as a side

Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total Time: 30 mins

30-Minute Vegan Tahini Pasta Salad made from gluten-free fusilli pasta, lots of fresh vegetables, and a bright, creamy tahini dressing instead of mayo. A great make-ahead meal or side!

Instructions

  • Make the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions, cooking until al dente. Drain and rinse the pasta under cold water.
  • Make the dressing: While the pasta cooks, in a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine the cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, olives, parsley, and pasta. Pour the dressing on top and toss to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Notes [2]

This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe adapted from my Greek Pasta Salad with Tofu Feta Cheese.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Shannon says

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! Can’t wait to make this as much as possible during the summer x

    1. Amanda says

      Yes! It’s the perfect balance of comfort food (pasta) and feel-good food (veggies). 🙂

  2. Alexa says

    I’m planning to make this today! I bet it tastes like summer! Love it!

    1. Amanda says
  3. Annie says

    This is so delicious! I’m 8 and a half months pregnant and seriously craving pasta salad and this totally hit the spot!! So creamy and also refreshing!

    1. Amanda says

      Yay! I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant myself. 🙂 Congrats!!

  4. georga says

    Hey! Could you please tell me the nutritional info for this- can’t wait to make it but just wanna know the calories xx

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