Vegan pasta salad with Creamy Herb Ranch Dressing

Vegan Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 8 ounces (about 227g) uncooked pasta (penne, fusilli, or your preferred shape)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Creamy Herb Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk (adjust consistency to preference)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Dressing: In a medium bowl, combine the vegan mayonnaise, soy or almond milk, fresh chives, fresh dill, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried parsley, dried dill, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together until you have a smooth and creamy dressing. Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency.
  3. Assemble the Salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives, fresh parsley, and fresh basil. Toss everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Add the Creamy Herb Ranch Dressing: Pour the prepared creamy herb ranch dressing over the pasta salad. Start with half of the dressing and mix well. Add more dressing as needed to coat the pasta and vegetables to your liking. Keep any extra dressing on the side for serving.
  5. Chill and Serve: Cover the pasta salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Chilling allows the flavors to meld together and makes the salad even more delicious. Before serving, give it a gentle toss and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. Enjoy: Serve the Vegan Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Ranch Dressing as a refreshing and satisfying meal on its own or as a delightful side dish. Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.

Note: Feel free to customize this pasta salad with your favorite vegetables or add some plant-based protein sources like chickpeas or marinated tofu for an extra boost of nutrition. Enjoy your vegan culinary creation!

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