Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

July 16, 2013

Michael really likes pasta. I’m not the biggest fan. I’d much rather have bread or quinoa or rice than pasta. But, as the temperature has crept the idea of a cool pasta salad for lunch or even dinner has sounded more and more appealing. So when we last went grocery shopping Michael convinced me to buy a package of fusilli to make gluten-free pasta salad.gluten-free pasta salad

I’m so glad he did. This pasta salad has been our lunch and our dinner for the last two swelter-y days. I had no idea that one package of pasta could make so much salad!

I kept the ingredients really simple and green. One thing to note, the salad gets better the longer the flavors have to meld together. It was good after I first made it but great for dinner that evening.

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad (vegan, gluten-free)

Makes 4 servings.

Start time from start to finish: 20 minutes, plus hour to chill

1/2 package of gluten-free pasta, any type

1 cup broccoli, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 rib celery, diced

1 cup cooked chickpeas

1 tablespoon dried thyme, fresh would be even better if you have it

1 tablespoon oregano, fresh would also work really well here

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Juice 1 lemon

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey if not making vegan

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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1.) Cook pasta according to package instructions. If using gluten-free pasta add a little oil to the cooking water and stir the pasta frequently to avoid clumping.

2.) Drain pasta and rinse under cold water.

3.) In a separate pot, blanch broccoli and peas in boiling water for 1 minute.

4.) Add broccoli, peas, bell pepper, celery and chickpeas to pasta.

5.) Mix dressing ingredients from thyme to cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

6.) Toss dressing in with pasta until well coated.

7.) Place salad in fridge to cool for at least an hour.gluten-free pasta salad gluten free pasta salad

I also made a southwestern style gluten-free pasta salad that will be up WalkJogRun later this week if you’d like a second recipe.southwestern summer pasta salad

Enjoy and Exhale!

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