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34 Tasty Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes (Cold & Warm)

These are the best, healthy Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes. They are easy, perfect for the Summer or any season. Made with creamy dressings and veggies, you can eat these tasty meals hot or cold.

(For more tasty meals for the hot season, check out our vegan Summer recipes roundup.)

Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes

These cold Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes are perfect for easy Summer dinners or light BBQ side dishes. They are made with creamy dressings, beans, veggies..etc. | The Green Loot #vegan #veganrecipes

1. The Best Italian “Cheesy” Pasta Salad

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad
Photo: The Green Loot

I love this recipe for Italian pasta salad because it includes twisty rotini pasta. All those nooks and crannies allow the fruits, vegetables, and dressing to nestle into the pasta. Nutritional yeast is the “cheesy” component that gives the salad its Italian flavor.

2. Pearl Couscous Salad

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Photo: The Green Loot

Couscous is one of those delicate and pretty kinds of pasta that is so versatile. I enjoy it warm with braised greens or tossed into a pot of summer veggie soup. But it is also perfect for a vegan salad when tossed with crisp vegetables, savory fruits, and vegan feta cheese.

3. Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Vegan Tzatziki Pasta Salad
Photo: Rabbit and Wolves

Tzatziki is generally made with yogurt but this version is made with a homemade cashew cream that is well seasoned with dill, garlic, and lemon. Simply toss it with farfalle and Greek goodies, like cucumber, olives, and sundried tomatoes.

4. Easy Macaroni Salad

Easy Macaroni Salad
Photo: Simple Veganista

I can’t get through a summer without making a classic and easy macaroni salad. Elbow macaroni is combined with vegan mayonnaise, finely diced vegetables, and a drizzle of maple syrup for that iconic touch of sweetness.

5. Avocado Pasta Salad

Vegan Avocado Pasta Salad
Photo: The Stingy Vegan

I don’t make a lot of mayo-based pasta salads mostly because I have had so many of them. I love that the mayo is replaced with creamy avocado in this salad. Toss in some cooked chickpeas for a hit of protein.

6. Ranch Pasta Salad

Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad
Photo: Well and Full

I think we all have friends and family members who will ask if we are eating enough protein on a vegan diet. This pasta salad has plenty of protein. The gluten-free pasta is made from chickpeas and lentils and black beans are tossed into the salad. The ranch dressing offers protein in the form of hemp seeds.

7. Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Vegan Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad
Photo: Food with Feeling

I should be green from all the broccoli I eat. But I think that gets balanced by the copious amounts of lemons and nutritional yeast in my diet. This recipe combines these favorite ingredients to bring together a healthy lemony and cheesy broccoli pasta salad.

8. BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad
Photo: This Savory Vegan

Vegan family members always tell me that the one food they still crave is bacon. This pasta salad will have you thinking you are eating a BLT. Tempeh bacon is the key ingredient, along with tomatoes and arugula.

9. Veggie Pasta Salad with Avocado Mustard Dressing

Vegan Veggie Pasta Salad with Avocado Mustard Dressing
Photo: Veggie Primer

Coconut milk, avocado, and mustard? Yup. This pasta salad fancies a dressing made with those ingredients and it is a surprisingly delightful main or side dish.

10. Ranch Pasta Salad

Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad
Photo: V Nutrition and Wellness

Vegan ranch dressing is best made with fresh herbs, in my opinion. This pasta salad dressed in ranch with fresh dill and chives will convince you too. Finish it off with crumbly tempeh bacon bits for some added texture.

11. Vegan Buffallo Chicken Pasta Salad

Vegan Buffallo Chicken Pasta Salad
Photo: This Savory Vegan

The first time I saw vegan chicken at the grocery store I was completely stumped. I have been making buffalo cauliflower nuggets, but some of the vegan chicken nuggets and strips are pretty good and work well in this salad dressed with spicy buffalo sauce.

12. Very Green Pasta Salad

Vegan Very Green Pasta Salad
Photo: The Awesome Green

When life gives you lemons basil, make pesto. Whole grain pasta is generously coated in pesto and fresh herbs. Roasted chickpeas and toasted seeds add crunch and protein for a healthy vegan pasta salad.

13. Chickpea Caesar Pasta Salad

Vegan Chickpea Caesar Pasta Salad
Photo: Emilie Eats

I honestly don’t know a single person who doesn’t enjoy a good Caesar salad. Can you make a vegan version? I do it all the time. However, this recipe for vegan Caesar salad takes that to the next level with penne pasta, tomatoes, and chickpea croutons.

14. Roasted Veggie Hummus Pasta Salad

Roasted Veggie Hummus Pasta Salad
Photo: Zardy Plants

I am a self-proclaimed roasted vegetable addict. Many evenings, I will roast an entire sheet pan of veggies and eat them for a few different meals. This salad is a very easy way to turn roasted veg into a complete balanced meal with pasta and creamy hummus.

15. Green Goddess Pasta Salad

Green Goddess Pasta Salad
Photo: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures

The star of this vegan pasta salad is the complex green goddess dressing. I say complex because it is a combination of many delicious and healthy ingredients, such as fresh and dried herbs, raw cashews, plant-based milk, and miso.

16. Street Corn Orzo Pasta Salad

Street Corn Orzo Pasta Salad
Photo: Cooking for Peanuts

Mexican street corn orzo salad is kind of genius if you crave south-of-the-border flavors. Corn kernels are highly seasoned with the herbs and spices commonly found in Mexican cuisine. They are paired with orzo and beans and topped with vegan cheese.

17. Artichoke Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Vegan Artichoke Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad
Photo: Simply Recipes

Here is a dish you can serve hot or cold. I love that! A simple combination of pasta, sundried tomatoes, and marinated artichoke hearts is lightly dressed with olive oil and lemon for an elegant side dish.

18. Chickpea Pesto Pasta Salad

Vegan Chickpea Pesto Pasta Salad
Photo: Carve Your Craving

I absolutely love this healthy pesto that is lighter in calories than oil-based pesto. Vegan yogurt, non-dairy milk, and tahini serve as the base for this creamy dressing poured over pasta with tomatoes, arugula, and chickpeas.

19. Thai Peanut Pasta Salad

Thai Peanut Pasta Salad
Photo: Wholly Plants

Thai cuisine is hard for me to pass up, but even harder to prepare. This 3-step Thai-inspired salad with peanut dressing and colorful vegetables is not hard at all! And, it is a powerhouse of nutrition.

20. Mexican Pasta Salad

Vegan Mexican Pasta Salad
Photo: Emilie Eats

Mexican cuisine is always on my vegan radar because there are so many fruits and vegetables in the recipes. This pasta salad embraces all that is great about Mexican dishes. It has black beans, corn, peppers, salsa, cilantro, and spices. Oh, and did I mention vegan bacon?

21. Kale Pesto Pasta Salad

Vegan Kale Pesto Pasta Salad
Photo: One Ingredient Chef

Any recipe that claims to be anti-aging catches my eye. This warm pasta salad really takes that adage by the apron strings with fiber-rich kale pesto and fresh arugula. Cashews, chickpeas, and sunflower seeds provide protein. Tomatoes offer lycopene and vitamin C. And whole grain pasta adds calcium and B vitamins.

22. Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Vegan Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
Photo: The Glowing Fridge

About a year ago I burned out on kale. I am finding new ways to incorporate it back into my diet. This kale Caesar salad is perfect because the kale and radishes offer excellent texture offset by the soft pasta and velvety dressing.

23. Green Bean Pasta Salad

Vegan Green Bean Pasta Salad
Photo: Well and Full

I was that kid who actually liked green beans (and peas). So, this vegan pasta salad makes total sense to me. I simply love the crispness of al-dente green beans and add them to salads all the time. You aren’t going to believe how simple this salad is to prepare in just 25 minutes.

24. Springtime Pasta Salad

Vegan Springtime Pasta Salad
Photo: The Fed Up Foodie

Did somebody say, “pasta primavera”? This is it in a bowl. The freshest vegetables and fruits are combined with pasta and a light citrus vinaigrette to create all that spring offers. I also really enjoy the story this nutrition coach tells of her veg-hating clients. Good reading and good eating.

25. Summer Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta

Vegan Summer Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta
Photo: The Garden Grazer

Here is a simple pasta dish that can be eaten hot or cold. It is a great way to combine fresh summer tomatoes and basil with wheat or gluten-free penne pasta.

26. Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad
Photo: Darn Good Veggies

Ready for a little heat? Pasta salad dressed in a creamy chipotle chili sauce has just enough spice to satisfy the heat seekers but not too much. Make this salad well in advance because it gets better with time in the fridge.

27. Curried Tahini Pasta Salad

Vegan Curried Tahini Pasta Salad
Photo: The Full Helping

Two of my favorite ingredients to cook with are tahini and curry. Yet, I have never thought to combine the two until I found this recipe for curried tahini pasta salad. It is very clever and the salad is packed with some of my favorite fresh green vegetables.

28. Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Vegan Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Photo: Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

Lime juice and cilantro are combined to create a bright dressing for a green goddess salad that is full of spring veggies and chickpeas. This salad is ready in 20 minutes.

29. Creamy Tahini Greek Pasta Salad

Vegan Creamy Tahini Greek Pasta Salad
Photo: She Likes Food

While I do like my favorite vegan mayonnaise, I sometimes want to switch things up when making pasta salad. Tahini is just the right creamy substitution with tons of sesame flavor. This Dish combines the basics of a good Greek salad with corkscrew pasta and a lemony tahini dressing.

30. Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

Vegan Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies
Photo: This Savory Vegan

Fire up your grill and get some char on zucchini and tomatoes to make the perfect side dish for your next BBQ. There is nothing tastier than smokey vegetables dressed and tossed with silky orzo.

31. Rainbow Veggie Pasta Salad

Vegan Rainbow Veggie Pasta Salad
Photo: Baker by Nature

Want a pasta salad to feed a crowd? This rainbow veggie salad with farfalle is hearty, colorful, and just the thing for the vegans at your gathering. I like this as an entrée, but it would also make the perfect side.

32. Cucumber Pasta Salad

Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad
Photo: Food with Feeling

It is only April, but we had a rare heat wave last week that had me jonesing for crisp cooling cucumbers. This cucumber pasta salad is beyond refreshing with lots of cucumbers and fresh dill.

33. Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Vegan Tex Mex Pasta Salad
Photo: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

When I want a complete meal in a bowl, I reach for avocados, beans, and corn as the main ingredients. Avocados are fatty and creamy, beans are protein blockbusters, and corn is starchy and sweet. Toss all these in a Tex-Mex-inspired dressing, add pasta and savory fruits, and you have dinner.

34. Healthy Macaroni Salad

Vegan Healthy Macaroni Salad
Photo: Veggies Don’t Bite

This healthy macaroni salad grabbed my attention with its incredibly original non-dairy dressing that is made with cashews, potatoes, white beans, mustard, and pickle juice. I am so glad someone came up with this.

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34 Tasty Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes (Cold & Warm)

These cold Vegan Pasta Salad Recipes are perfect for easy Summer dinners or light BBQ side dishes. They are made with creamy dressings, beans, veggies..etc.

Author Kate @ The Green Loot

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

  • 2 cup dry rotini pasta
  • 1,5 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (halved)
  • 3/4 cup artichoke hearts (chopped)
  • 3 sun-dried tomato pieces
  • 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp ground black pepper
  • Cook the pasta in salted water, then drain. Place in a big, glass bowl.
  • Chop the veggies, add to the pasta, then season.
  • Enjoy warm or cold!

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