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Healthy Pasta Salad

  • Author: Alexis Joseph | Hummusapien
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop


This light, summery pasta salad makes the perfect healthy lunch or potluck meal. It's packed with veggies, and great for those adhering to a vegan and/or gluten-free diet!



For the salad:

  • 8oz pasta shells of choice (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small to medium cucumber, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Whisk or blend together dressing ingredients.
  3. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and then dump into a large bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients including dressing, tossing to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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