Gluten Free Pasta Salad is the perfect easy summer treat made with amazing fresh ingredients!
Making about 4 healthy servings, this pasta salad truly hits the spot! If you doubt gluten free pasta recipes this is the one for you. We'll walk through the key ingredients & how you can make the best gluten free pasta salad ever!
How to Make the Best Pasta Salad
This is the first of many pasta salad recipes on the site, and I'm excited to share it with you for its vibrant colors & bright flavors. It is also an extremely flexible and versatile pasta recipe, since you can swap veggies for your favorites. Use this recipe as a guideline and go from there!
What ingredients do you need for the pasta salad?
You will need only a handful of veggies and some basic dressing components to create this delicious salad. This salad has a hint of a Greek vibe from the Kalamata olives & the dressing is more of an Italian variation. Such a fun mix!
- Pasta: Gluten free pasta can be finicky - for real! There are so many variations; corn, quinoa, rice, chickpea - which to chose? I'll be honest, if you want the best of the best pasta, a dish you can serve to gluten free foodies and non gluten free foodies without knowing the difference, Jovial brown rice pasta is the way to go. Of course, use what is available to you, but if you have the option, I highly recommend it.
- Veggies: When I was planning this recipe, I had the idea of using some of the classic veggies used in an Italian pasta salad. Once I went to the fridge to gather the ingredients for the recipe test, I decided to switch it up and grabbed a couple of random veggies that I knew would pair well together; and they did! In this recipe, I used broccolini, yellow pepper, zucchini & shaved brussel sprout. Use whatever you have on hand or love!
- Dressing: As I mentioned earlier, I made a simple Italian dressing, packed with flavor! Definitely follow the dressing recipe to the T and then taste and add more salt/pepper or another ingredient if needed.
- Add Ons - In this case, I added Kalamata olives! These olives are salty and very strongly flavored. Feel free to use your favorite olive variation.
Prepare in Advance
You can refrigerate this pasta salad for up to 4-5 days! All the veggies should stay fresh, stored in an airtight container or even a ziplock. I find that as the salad sits, the flavors meld and it becomes even more delicious. I recommend letting the salad sit in the fridge for 4-6 hours before serving.
Questions You May Have, Answered
What equipment do I need? Nothing fancy! We're using a large bowl and pots to boil the pasta & veggies in. No other equipment needed.
Can I scale this recipe? 100% feel free to double or triple this recipe! Just add the dressing slowly and mix. Don't add all the dressing at once.Print