Vegan Southwest Pasta Salad is a creamy and fresh pasta salad that is as good day of as it is meal prepped. For lunch or dinner, it’s the perfect make-ahead meal!
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To keep my pasta recipes real food friendly (no white flour), I love using Banza pasta! It’s made from garbonzo beans, so it’s grain-free and gluten-free!
I know you can buy it at Sprouts, Costco and online HERE, but I’m sure it’s sold other places, as well.
Making Vegan Southwest Pasta Sala
Step 1 – Make the creamy vegan sauce
This sauce is super creamy without any dairy, and it’s completely raw (if you leave out the chili paste. To keep raw and spicy, add a jalapeno or 1/4 tsp chili flakes!) All you do is blend together the sauce ingredients until smooth.
I like to add a bit of chili paste for a spicy kick, but you can just leave that out if you prefer, or sub chili flakes or jalapeno.
Step 2 – Prepare the veggies
The vegetables in this Vegan Southwest Pasta Salad are all raw, just like the sauce. In fact, the only cooked parts are the garbonzo bean pasta and the black beans.
All of these fresh flavors combined with the creamy sauce are really wonderful. It’s just as good cold as it is warm, and because you don’t cook the veggies, they don’t break down and start tasting weird by day 4.
Step 3 – Combine it all
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, the cut up veggies, the black beans and the sauce. Mix it all together well.
You can use canned beans in a pinch, but I like to make my own Pressure Cooker Black Beans From Scratch. It’s really simple to do, and you can use them in a ton of ways. My favorites are Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers, and I love adding them to my Vegetable Enchiladas!
A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR A MAKING IT YOUR OWN
Every recipe for cooking (not baking) is really just a suggestion for how that particular cook thinks something should be made. Even when you come across a recipe with cooking times for meat, it’s going to depend on the size and cut of the meat you are working with.
So, make as is, or use this Vegan Southwest Pasta Salad recipe as guideline and turn it into something that perfectly appeals to your taste buds!
Here are some ideas:
– add diced red pepper
– use chickpeas or white beans instead of black beans
– throw in chopped cilantro
– use your favorite pasta
– leave the pasta out, double the veggies and turn this into a dip!
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- Warm Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
- Raw Kale Pesto Pasta
- Chicken Feta Spinach Pasta
- Pasta Primavera