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Cold Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad

by Jamie

This cold vegan pesto pasta salad is made with vegan pesto & pumpkin seeds for extra flavor & crunch. Tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers & crunchy veggies!

cold vegan pesto pasta salad with tomatoes and vegetables in a white bowl with lemon

This cold vegan pesto pasta salad is the perfect thing for warm summer days or picnics! This refreshing chilled pesto pasta salad with a vegan pesto is a tasty make ahead meal and can be served as a side or main dish. Make this during the summer months or for National Macaroni Day which falls right in the middle of July!

Types of Pasta for Pasta Salad:

pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, macaroni pasta, and basil

Tips for Cold Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad:

  • rinse your pasta after cooking to get rid of excess starch
  • lightly drizzle olive oil onto your pasta and toss together if not serving immediately. This keeps them from sticking together.
  • store in the fridge to serve cold
  • wait until right before serving to dress your pasta with the vegan pesto

tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, and macaroni pasta

Add your choice of colorful, crunchy veggies to give your pasta salad more flavor and crunch. I opted for cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and bell peppers. Next add in your pesto and give it a gentle stir.

Here’s an amazing recipe for a Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto made with basil and parsley!

vegan pumpkin seed pesto with parsley and basil in a food processor

Try this Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto with basil and parsley

If you’re not serving the cold vegan pesto pasta salad immediately, chill in the fridge and wait to add the pesto right before serving. This helps keep your pesto bright green since it’s exposed to less air in its container. Make sure when storing pesto, to drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on top to keep the top from oxidizing. 

cold vegan pesto pasta salad with tomatoes and vegetables in a white bowl with lemon

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cold vegan pesto pasta salad with tomatoes and vegetables in a white bowl with lemon

Cold Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad

This cold vegan pesto pasta salad is made with basil parsley pesto & pumpkin seeds for extra flavor & crunch. Toss in tomatoes, cucumbers & crunchy veggies!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 327kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces macaroni pasta or other pasta shape
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 3/4 cup vegan basil parsley pesto sauce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 3/4 cup cucumbers sliced
  • 3/4 cup bell peppers chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onions diced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil your pasta according to its directions. Drain and rinse under water to get rid of excess starch. If serving later, lightly drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil onto your pasta to keep them from sticking together.
  • Add the pasta, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and red onion into a large bowl. Keep in the refrigerator with plastic wrap until ready to serve cold. Gently toss with the vegan pesto sauce and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 45.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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10 comments

Tisah July 7, 2019 - 3:24 am

5 stars
Look how gorgeous those colors are! Makes for a great side dish!

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Jamie
Jamie July 10, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Thank you Tisah! I hope you love it!

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Dannii July 7, 2019 - 1:29 am

5 stars
I bet this would go down so well at a bbq. Can’t wait to try it

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Jamie
Jamie July 10, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Yes absolutely! It would make a great side at a bbq! Hope you enjoy it Dannii!

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Veena Azmanov July 6, 2019 - 8:53 pm

5 stars
This is so colorful and the combinations amazing. Love the pesto option to it. Truly yum.

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Jamie
Jamie July 10, 2019 - 2:49 pm

Thank you Veena! I hope you enjoy it!

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Patty at Spoonabilities July 6, 2019 - 6:44 pm

5 stars
All the colors and flavors in this are amazing! I love pasta salads – they are so perfect for hot summer days!

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Jamie
Jamie July 10, 2019 - 2:49 pm

Thank you Patty! Yes I’ve had this a few times already this summer! πŸ™‚

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Danielle July 6, 2019 - 4:58 pm

5 stars
Ah, this is THE salad that is healthy, crunchy and looking so fine. Definitely something I could make at home and take with me for a summer party. Just need to buy a few ingredients for it.

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Jamie
Jamie July 10, 2019 - 2:48 pm

Thank you Danielle! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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