Posted in Recipes on 29.07.2023
Summer Pasta Salad
prep: 15 mins / cook: 15 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 30 mins / quantity: 2-4 servings Print recipe?
Bright and fresh Italian summer pasta salad perfect for picnics, pot lucks and lunchboxes! Super easy to make and just as delicious warm or cold.
This summer pasta salad is such an easy but totally satisfying to eat total crowd pleaser. Make ahead for a few lunches for the week for yourself or share with friends and family at your next BBQ or picnic! It’s got such a fresh, savoury and slightly sweet combination of flavours, I promise everyone will love it!
I’ve recently noticed that I use a LOT of Mediterranean flavours and this vegan salad truly showcases many of them.
Pasta salad ingredients:
Sweetcorn – use fresh corn, leftover corn on the cob, canned corn or even frozen corn.
Red onion – I love the slightly sweeter flavour of red onions.
Tomatoes – cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half make an easy addition to this salad, but any chopped tomato will work. If you’ve got them, garden-fresh ones are always best!
Vegan feta – often called ‘salad cheese’ or ‘Greek white cheese’. I know it’s been a while since I ate it but I can’t tell the difference between vegan and non-vegan feta! It’s one of my favourite cheeses, salty, tangy and creamy.
Vegan parmesan – I’ve mentioned this LOADS of times before, but the Violife prosociano wedge is as close to actual parmesan I’ve found. Looks, smells, grates and tastes like actual Parmesan.
Cashew nuts – toasted until lightly golden they add a delicious crunch to this easy pasta salad.
Pasta salad dressing – the base of the dressing is a simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice and fresh basil. I wanted to keep this pasta salad as light and fresh as possible and this dressing totally complements the rest of the Mediterranean flavours.
How to make this easy vegan salad:
Start with cooking the pasta. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil then cook the pasta according to package instructions.
While the pasta is cooking put the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, basil, feta and parmesan into a large bowl and mix together.
Lightly toast the cashew nuts in a dry frying pan until just golden. Keep an eye on them as they can go from almost done to oh crap that’s £5,345,598 worth of cashews buggered and in the bin. Toss the pan every so often then when done turn off the heat and set aside.
For the last minute or two of the pasta cooking time, add the sweetcorn. Then drain the pasta and sweetcorn and add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, stirring well.
Transfer to bowls, scatter with the toasted cashews and serve immediately while it’s still warm, or leave to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
How simple was that? Don’t underestimate just how tasty this is because it’s so simple. The fresh basil and veggies and the salty, creamy cheeses do something wonderful when they’re all brought together!
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Summer Pasta Salad
prep: 15 mins / cook: 15 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 30 mins / quantity: 2-4 servings
- 2 + 1/2 cups (250g) short cut pasta – fusilli, rigatoni, penne etc
- 1 + 1/2 cups (170g) sweetcorn – fresh, frozen or tinned
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lemons – juice only
- large pinch each salt and pepper
- 1 small red onion
- 1 + 1/2 cups (250g) cherry tomatoes
- handful fresh basil
- 1 cup (100g) vegan feta
- 1 cup (30g) vegan parmesan – grated weight
- 1/2 cup (40g) cashew nuts
- Start by cooking the pasta according to package instructions
- While that's cooking put the oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a large bowl
- Halve the cherry tomatoes, peel and finely dice the onion, shred the basil and add those to the bowl
- Crumble in the feta and grate in the parmesan
- Toast the cashews in a dry frying pan over a medium/high heat, tossing the pan from time to time - keep an eye on them so they don't burn
- For the last minute or two of the pasta cooking time add the sweetcorn
- Drain the pasta and sweetcorn then add to the bowl and stir well, taste and add more salt and pepper if needed
- Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle over the cashew nuts
- Serve immediately or chill then store in an airtight container in the fridge
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