Go to the main content Menu
Back
Recipe
Joe Hehl Joe Hehl

Easy Vegan Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad is the Midwesterner’s way of tricking themselves into thinking that they’re eating healthy. This recipe serves one. Or like eight people. Whichever.

 

RELATED: Vegan Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe


Want even more vegan recipes, news, food, and lifestyle content? Subscribe to VegOut LA Magazine or VegOut NYC Magazine!

 

Servings: 1-8   Time: Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 10 minutes

Recipe by: Dragged Through The Garden

Ingredients

 

Pasta

  • Rotini pasta (2 boxes, tri-color if available)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Black olives (sliced)
  • Pepperoncini
  • Vegan pepperoni
  • Cherry/grape tomatoes
  • Yellow pepper
  • Orange pepper
  • Vegan cheddar block

 

Dressing

  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic
  • Fresh oregano
  • Some of the liquid from the pepperoncini jar

 

Directions

1. In a large pot, add five quarts of water (20 cups). Add two tablespoons of water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the two boxes of rotini. Stir it once and then cover the pot and lower the flame to a simmer. You’re going to cook the pasta al dente so it isn’t soggy later, so only cook for 6-7 minutes. Drain the pasta with a strainer and rinse with a little bit of cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Quick stir and then stick the bowl in the fridge while you complete the rest of the recipe.

2. Open your olives and rinse them. Slice them if necessary. Do the same for the pepperoncini. Save some of the liquid from the pepperoncini jar for later. Dice down your yellow and orange pepper into small chunks. Cut all of your cherry/grape tomatoes in half. Open the block of vegan cheddar and cut it down into small cubes. Cut the pepperoni down into smaller pieces if you wish.

3. Take the bowl of pasta out of the fridge and add all of your newly sliced items into the mix. Give everything a thorough stir. Add another splash of olive oil and as much salt as you would like. Refrigerate the pasta salad for at least one hour.

4. For the dressing, combine 3 parts olive oil to 1 part apple cider and mix well in a salad dressing shaker thing. Add salt to taste and a few sprigs of fresh oregano. Crush 1-2 cloves of garlic and throw them in, too. Add half a tablespoon of the liquid from the pepperoncini jar.

Joe Hehl

@draggedthroughthegarden

Joe, self-made culinary rockstar, is the voice behind the vegan recipe blog Dragged Through The Garden. When he isn’t running sales and marketing for a local Chicago brewery (or drinking Negronis and chasing his two cats around the house!), you can find him deep in the middle of his kitchen, whipping up plant-based comfort food recipes.

Articles by Joe

More from VegOut

See the article pinky cole, owner of slutty vegan, releases new plant-based cookbook

Pinky Cole, Owner of Slutty Vegan, Releases New Plant-Based Cookbook

Eat Plants, B*tch will be available for purchase in early summer 2022!

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Pinky Cole
News
See the article afro-vegan society to offer free plant-based education program this february

Afro-Vegan Society to Offer Free Plant-Based Education Program This February

Veguary is an online education campaign celebrating Black History Month and providing culturally relevant workshops, cooking demos, and more.

Cayla White
Afro Vegan Society
News
See the article maya’s cookies launches black history month collection

Maya’s Cookies Launches Black History Month Collection

The vegan cookie shop’s new collection is available now until February 28.

Cayla White
Maya's Cookies
News
See the article new vegan mexican bakery opens in la for pickup and delivery

New Vegan Mexican Bakery Opens in LA for Pickup and Delivery

A new vegan Mexican bakery just opened in Woodland Hills, serving some of the finest authentic Mexican treats.

Ari Somerfield Ari Somerfield
Amanta
News Los Angeles
See the article 10 vegan bakeries that ship valentine’s day treats nationwide

10 Vegan Bakeries That Ship Valentine’s Day Treats Nationwide

From giant heart-shaped cookies and pink cupcakes to full cakes and cake pops, this list has it all!

Cayla White
Food & Drink
See the article introducing jack & annie’s: building a better planet bite by bite

Introducing Jack & Annie’s: Building a Better Planet Bite by Bite

This company is crafting flavorful meat alternatives while also making a positive impact on communities in India, all through one mighty plant.

Kayla Pasko
Jack & Annie's
Sponsored Food & Drink
See the article 8 vegan fine-dining restaurants in chicago

8 Vegan Fine-Dining Restaurants in Chicago

For an out-of-this world dining experience, stop by one of these Chicago hot spots where both the food and vibes are delightful!

Natalie Brown Natalie Brown
Food & Drink Chicago
See the article freebirds world burrito adds vegan chorizo to menu

Freebirds World Burrito Adds Vegan Chorizo to Menu

Abbot’s Butcher’s plant-based chorizo and Siete Family Foods’ grain-free tortillas are now available at all Freebirds locations.

Cayla White
Abbot's Butcher
News
See the article starbucks launches ready-to-drink oat milk frappuccinos

Starbucks Launches Ready-to-Drink Oat Milk Frappuccinos

The bottled Frappuccinos are available in two new flavors and will be rolling out at retailers over the course of 2022.

Cayla White
Starbucks
News
See the article the best body lotions for dry winter skin

The Best Body Lotions for Dry Winter Skin

Harsh winter weather calls for luxurious lotions!

Tammie Ortlieb Tammie Ortlieb
Lush
Fashion & Beauty
See the article an interview with afi’s davey havok

An Interview with AFI’s Davey Havok

Lead singer of punk rock band AFI, Davey Havok is no stranger to veganism—having been vegan for over two decades. As part of the straight edge community in the 90s, he was heavily influenced by its members who also abstained from the use of animal products. In 2021, AFI released their new album, Bodies. We chatted with Havok to learn more about his music career and vegan lifestyle.

Maggie Ortlieb Maggie Ortlieb
Davey Havok
Interviews
See the article store-bought vegan super bowl party snacks

Store-Bought Vegan Super Bowl Party Snacks

These plant-based snacks are perfect for your game-day celebration!

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Food & Drink

Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the premier vegan food and lifestyle magazine delivered to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!
The Holiday Issue

Navigation

The Holiday Issue

Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!
Close

Filters

Cities

The Most

Writer