Vegan Pasta Salad with Creamy Tahini Sauce

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This easy vegan pasta salad is full of healthy ingredients like broccoli, tomatoes and basil all topped off with a creamy tahini dressing. It’s perfect served cold for a summer picnic!

We’re still into the summer recipes right? ☀️

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Am I the only one who’s already starting to think about/dread the end of summer? This year has absolutely flown by so far and my all time favourite season only has a month or so left 😢

Anyway, I’m not thinking about that, I’m thinking about this incredible creamy vegan pasta salad which is perfect all year round but will be especially ideal for the next 6 weeks of summer and any picnics or BBQs you’ve got coming up.

It’s got a super creamy vegan dressing made with tahini which is one of my all time fave ingredients and some delicious summer veggies like crunchy broccoli, super sweet tomatoes and fresh basil. 

This pasta salad lasts really well so I like to whip up a batch at the weekend and keep it in the fridge to grab for easy lunches and dinners during the week.

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Why we love this vegan pasta salad…

First off, it’s vegan so you’ve got a pasta dish you can serve to everyone all summer long

It’s bursting with healthy ingredients that take advantage of summer ingredients plus you can add any extra veggies you like or have on hand

It keeps well in the fridge so any leftovers are perfect for lunch or dinner the next day

The dressing is so creamy thanks to the use of tahini along with plenty of flavour boosting ingredients like lemon, white wine vinegar and garlic

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Dressing pouring into a vegan pasta salad with tomatoes and broccoli

Creamy Vegan Pasta Ingredients

Pasta: I recommend a short cut for this recipe, we went with fusilli

Broccoli: Lightly cooked to add plenty of crunch

Tomatoes: I chopped some big ones but you could use cherry tomatoes if you prefer

Basil: For alllll of that summer flavour

Pine Nuts: For a little extra bite

Creamy Dressing: Made from a mixture of olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, garlic, dijon mustard and maple syrup

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Pasta with summer vegetables and creamy vegan dressing with a wooden spoon

Veggie Pasta Salad Instructions

Make the dressing: Whisk together all the dressing ingredients and add water as needed until it reaches a pouring consistency

Cook the pasta and broccoli: Boil the pasta in salted water according to packet instructions adding the broccoli for the last 3 minutes

Mix the pasta salad: Toss the pasta with the broccoli, tomato, pine nuts, basil and dressing and serve

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Expert tips for making vegan pasta

This recipe lasts really well in the fridge so store for up to 4 days refreshing with a little extra dressing as needed

You can add any extra veg you like to this pasta salad so use it to use up any bits you’ve got left in the fridge

To make this recipe gluten free simply use your favourite brand of gluten free pasta

If you’re not concerned about keeping it vegan feel free to add your choice of protein, chicken would be yummy

Want more? Try these other pasta salad recipes!

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Vegan Pasta Salad with Creamy Tahini Sauce

This easy vegan pasta salad is full of healthy ingredients like broccoli, tomatoes and basil all topped off with a creamy tahini dressing. It's perfect served cold for a summer picnic!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 1 head Broccoli chopped into florets
  • 300 g Pasta
  • 250 g Tomatoes sliced
  • Small bunch Basil
  • 20 g Pine Nuts

Tahini Dressing

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Tahini
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • Water as needed
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, season well and add water as needed until you reach a pouring consistency.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in salted water, add the broccoli for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Toss together the pasta and broccoli, cherry tomatoes, basil and pine nuts. Drizzle over the dressing and toss again.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Pasta Salad with Creamy Tahini Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 889mg25%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1468IU29%
Vitamin C 149mg181%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannii
    05/08/2019 at 9:53 AM

    I love the sound of that tahini sauce. I’m always looking for new ways to use tahini.

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    05/08/2019 at 10:21 AM


    This pasta salad looks sooo good and that tahini sauce sounds incredible!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    05/08/2019 at 10:47 AM


    I just love a good creamy pasta salad! This sounds so delicious!

  • Reply
    Cindy @ A Uniquely Edible Magic
    05/08/2019 at 10:59 AM


    I would eat this salad in winter too. Love the addition of pine nuts!

  • Reply
    kim
    05/08/2019 at 11:21 AM


    Love this pasta salad! It’s super easy and so flavorful!

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