Creamy Pasta Salad (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

The perfect combination of tangy and creamy, tender and super-fresh-crunchy.

Simple, but delicious. Rich and flavorful, but healthy and slimming. It’s just the perfect pasta salad!

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We may just pasta salad our way through this summer season.

Skinny Summer Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is MUCH better for you than regular pasta salad. Here’s why:

It’s lower in calories (about 150 calories lower!), it’s higher in fiber (one of the essential nutrients for healthy weight loss), and has zero cholesterol (the average pasta salad is loaded with cholesterol).

Creamy Pasta Salad

A delicious pasta salad that is so much healthier than traditional pasta salad.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Inactive Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
YIELD 6 cups
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  • Cook pasta according to package directions. (See note #2.)
  • Meanwhile, prepare remaining ingredients.
  • When pasta is done, drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • While pasta is still hot, very gently mix in Creamy Italian Salad Dressing. (I use a rubber spatula to gently mix.) Rinse blender with 1/3 cup water and add this to the pasta. Mixture will appear very soupy, but it will thicken as it chills.
  • Chill, stirring once or twice while chilling.
  • When pasta is cool, stir in vegetables.
  • Immediately before serving, gently mix in tomatoes.
  • Garnish with fresh basil if desired.


1. You can use 5 sliced green onion instead of red onion or sweet onion.
2. I tested this recipe with Tinkyada pasta (because it is our favorite pasta). Tinkyada tends to absorb the dressing much more than other pastas. No guarantees this recipe will work with other brands of pasta.
Yield: 6 cups (about 4 generous servings)
* * * This recipe for Creamy Pasta Salad is … gluten-free, plant based, oil-free, sugar-free, high in fiber, dairy free, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan, and made from real, whole foods.

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      Sorry for the delayed response. Somehow I missed this comment.
      Yes, if you follow the recipe precisely then the pasta will still be good the next day. Just make sure you use the full amount of water called for in the recipe. (If it’s a little dry the next day – it shouldn’t be, but if it is – just mix in some water.)
      ‘Hope you enjoy!

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