vegan caprese pasta salad

Vegan Caprese Pasta Salad

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Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Juliette Sebock | An Ideal Life

Ages ago, I stumbled across a vegan caprese recipe that substituted avocado for cheese and I was hooked. I’ve adapted my recipe time and again, settling on what I think might be the final product: vegan caprese pasta salad.

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As you probably know from recipes like my salad stuffed shells, I really like pasta salad. I’m also a huge avocado fan (like in our brunch-worthy avocado toast!).  Put together? Nothing but *heart eyes*.

I love this homemade dressing with it, but you can easily substitute your favourite store-bought, vegan-friendly Mediterranean dressing! If I’m short on time, I’ll use Aldi’s Greek vinaigrette.

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This recipe is super customizable in that you can really adjust the amounts (and type/shape of pasta!) to fit your preference. Love tomatoes? Add more tomato! Really like the aesthetic of farfalle? Go for it.

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Vegan Caprese Pasta Salad

This recipe combines some of my favourite ingredients to create a refreshing, delicious pasta salad that's perfect for a picnic or just because. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1-2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions
 

  • If not done beforehand, cook pasta as directed on box. Allow to chill while preparing dressing and vegetables. 

For the dressing:

  • Combine ingredients in mason jar or vessel of choice
  • Shake or stir to thoroughly combine
  • Refrigerate until ready for use. 

For pasta salad:

  • Half (or quarter, if you prefer!) grape tomatoes and set aside. 
  • Dice avocado. 
  • Remove dressing from refrigerator and pour over pasta. You can adjust the amount as desired - save any extra for a salad! I tend to use about 1/2 of the dressing made here. 
  • Fold in tomatoes and avocado slices. 
  • Chill for at least half an hour before serving (the longer it rests, the more dressing is absorbed by the pasta and veggies!). 
Keyword Avocado, Pasta

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I think this would be really good with some fresh basil added in as well, to really up the caprese factor! I also plan to try this with gluten-free pasta in the not-so-distant future.

Tried our vegan caprese pasta salad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or @anideallifeblog, especially if you put your own unique twist in the dish!

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