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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad Healthy Recipe
Summer vegetable pasta salad is a delicious healthy pasta salad that is gluten free and vegan. Plant-based pasta and in-season vegetables help to make this dish bright and delicious!
It’s almost summer and who doesn’t love summer picnic food? Classic pasta salad is one of my favorite summer picnic dishes! In fact, I could eat just pasta salad and be quite content. But, if you’re looking for a more healthy pasta salad, maybe one you could even feed your family during the week, this gluten free and vegan pasta salad is it!
Now, I wouldn’t necessarily tell your family that it’s a healthy pasta salad, gluten free or vegan-friendly. For some reason when kids and hubbies know that things are healthy they tend to give food the side eye. Without knowing it’s good for them, I’m betting the bright colors of the summer vegetables like radishes, peas, peppers and tomatoes will catch their eye!
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How to Make Pasta Salad
In-Season Vegetables and Fruits for the Summer
I love to create dinners that use in-season ingredients. When you use produce from the season you can ensure better quality and freshness! Shopping for in-season produce will also help you to eat healthy on a budget. One tip I try to follow during the summer is grabbing in-season produce when it’s on sale!
For example, cherries are one of my favorite fruits, but they can be very expensive. I like to keep an eye on my local grocery store for when they have a special price on cherries. Usually for one or two weeks in June I can get cherries for a deep discount. I usually pick those up then and even freeze some for use later in the year.
Here is a list of some in season vegetables for June, July and August. Before you head out to the farmer’s market, check out this Summer Produce Guide by Saveur.
What Vegetables are In-Season in June?
- Green Beans
- Green Beans
What Vegetables are In-Season in July?
- Bell Peppers
- Collard Greens
- Summer Squash
What Vegetables are In-Season in August?
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash
You can really use any of these veggies in the summer vegetable pasta salad. One yummy variation would be to create a grilled vegetable salad using zucchini, eggplant and summer squash like this one from Soulfully Made.
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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe
This healthy pasta salad is perfect to take to summer picnics and potlucks. I layered mine in a trifle bowl so you could see all of the different veggies. Topped with radishes and fresh parsley makes this veggie pasta salad a delicious and beautiful presentation!
Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
- 1 orange bell pepper diced
- 1 cup peas cooked
- 1 hothouse cucumber sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- 6 medium radishes sliced
- 2 TB parsley chopped
- 8 ounces plant-based pasta i.e. Banza
- 2 TB all purpose seasoning i.e. Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- juice of one small lemon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp sea salt
Combine all vinaigrette ingredients into a small mason jar. Shake until incorporated and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
While pasta is cooking, clean and prepare all veggies. Once pasta is done cooking, drain in a colander and run cold water to cool pasta down. Place pasta in a large bowl and stir with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette. Sprinkle pasta with 1 TB of the seasoning and stir.
Layer the salad in this order, making sure to drizzle 1 tsp of the vinaigrette over each layer.
Peppers, pasta, peas, pasta, cucumbers, pasta, tomatoes, pasta, radishes and parsley. Sprinkle remaining 1 TB of seasoning evenly throughout veggie layers.
Let salad chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. Stir salad when ready to serve or let guests dig into layers.
Store remaining vinaigrette for 3-4 days in fridge or serve as additional dressing on the side.
Are you a fan of pasta salad? What is your favorite ingredients to add to a classic pasta salad? Tell me about it in the comments!
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