What?!? An oil-free dressing?! Dressings and sauces are just one of our favorite ways to jazz up a dish, so an oil-free greek dressing was a must. We developed this recipe for the oil-free dressing back when we shared this recipe for our Greek Salad Bowl, and we repurposed it for this fantastic pasta salad! I mean a Greek Pasta Salad with an Oil-Free Dressing is a win for everyone and it is sure to please palates at your next party or potluck! Phew – a lot of alliteration all at once. PERFECT!
Greek Pasta Salad
Pasta salads have always been popular at our summer parties. We make Italian style ones with veggies and Italian dressing, so we thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and use a little greek inspiration with some kalamata olives, pepperoncini, and a dressing with oregano! It turned out perfect, and we can’t wait to share. This salad keeps well if made ahead of time. In fact, we made a large batch and portioned it out for a week’s worth of lunches. So mix it up the day before your potluck or party or make a batch for your meal prep needs. Fresh and light for summer.
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Whole Wheat Pasta
So we used a whole wheat pasta for our salad to get some nice servings of whole grains into the pasta. We’ve been trying different whole wheat pasta for about four months and have come to love a local brand to Pittsburgh, DeLallo foods, and Bionaturae. These whole wheat noodles have a nice texture, they cook up well, and hold their shape and integrity. Another key feature is that they don’t have that overly wheaty taste that some whole wheat pasta has. Overall, we are pleased with these brands and would recommend you look for them when seeking a whole wheat pasta.
Veggies and Beans
To bring a nice a balance to this pasta, we added raw chopped veggies for crunch – red onion and red pepper; cucumber for a clean, refreshing bite, and then briny olives, capers, and pepperoncini to really pull in the greek/Mediterranean flavor profile. The addition of chickpeas was nice for added protein, a serving of beans, and to add a mild flavor to the salad.
Greek Pasta Salad with Oil-Free Dressing
A Whole Food Plant Based oil free pasta salad perfect for picnics, potlucks, and summer time!
- 1 pound whole wheat pasta
- 1 medium cucumber, roughly peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed reserve the chickpea liquid
- 1-1 1/2 tablespoons capers
- 1 cup sliced kalamata olives
- 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1 batch Oil Free Greek Dressing recipe below
- 1/2 cup pepperoncini rings
Cook Whole Wheat Pasta according to package instructions.
Drain chickpeas - reserve liquid, rinse.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, mix in dressing.
Top with Pepperoncini rings and serve.
Full of flavor and pizazz, you won't even notice it's oil-free!
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- 2/3 cup aquafaba/chickpea liquid
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
Mix miso and a little bit of aquafaba to a smooth paste, whisking out any lumps in the miso.
Whisk together remaining ingredients.
We hope you enjoy this whole food plant based Greek Pasta Salad with our oil-free dressing! We’d love to see your creations, so #veginspiredfoodie and tag us @veginspired on social media so we can find them!
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Until Next Time,
Eat More Plants & Live VegInspired!