This hummus pasta salad is a creamy, colorful vegan cold pasta salad recipe. Swap out your typical pasta salad recipe for this unique hummus sauce for pasta.
This post and recipe has been updated as of February, 2020
Did you know hummus pasta sauce is a thing? Trust me that a creamy hummus dressing makes your cold Mediterranean pasta salad THAT much better.
I consider myself a bit of an originalist – in that, I combine flavors like in this hummus salad. Similar to my pizza beans recipe, which is basically a pizza flavored vegan cannellini bean recipe.
The lighting of the grill, the best vegan pasta salad, some watermelon, hotdogs, hamburgers, corn dips, and a cooler full of beer just screams summer for me.
Hands down my favorite season of the year.
This is my favorite easy vegan pasta salad and it’s really turned us onto nutritional yeast.
What’s In This Vegan Cold Pasta Salad?
- gluten free pasta (Banza pasta is my favorite)
- broccoli florets
- kalamata olive
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
And again, you can use any choice of vegetables. A roasted vegetable pasta salad could be a delicious option any time of year!
Perhaps, asparagus, kale and peas in the spring. And cauliflower, celery and eggplant in the fall months.
Making a Hummus Sauce For Pasta
We know that pasta can be bland by itself. It has a neutral flavor so it needs a good flavor enhancer, like this hummus pasta recipe.
While tomato sauce is the normal, delicious enhancer, I’d argue that hummus is right up there as a sauce and thickener. Hummus is considered a plant-based source of protein!
And if you want more ways to season pasta, here are some ideas!
This vegan pasta salad recipe works with whatever pasta you choose, just make sure to cook pasta accordingly and let it cool.
Once you mix all of your ingredients in a bowl (a salad mixer is a life saver), the last thing to do is add the creamy hummus for the hummus salad dressing.
Hummus is also filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and fiber, which most of us aren’t getting enough of. Plus, hummus also has tons of micronutrients, like folate and vitamin B6, and small amounts of calcium, iron and zinc.
So many reasons to eat more hummus – as a dip, a sandwich topper, or as a pasta salad dressing. So, yes, it’s a great addition.
How To Make Easy Vegan Pasta Salad with Hummus Pasta Sauce
Making this summer penne pasta salad recipe is as easy as it gets.
Cook your choice of pasta according to the directions and your desired consistency, and let the pasta cool.
While the pasta cools, mix your vegetables and hummus dressing. Then, once the pasta cools, you’ll combine everything for hummus pasta!
Isn’t it funny when you make a lot of food, thinking it’ll last days, maybe even the week? And then it barely lasts ONE day?
Well, that’s what happened with this vegan hummus pasta. With two hungry people living in this house (and some scraps for Tater), a delicious hummus pasta recipe like this won’t last very long.
Is This a Good Pasta Salad for Kids?
Definitely! This is my favorite pasta salad for kids because it’s made with wholesome ingredients and you can really tailor it to your child or toddler.
Incorporate their favorite veggies for a healthy and filling meal.
Tips For Making This Gluten Free Pasta Salad Recipe
In my opinion, the best gluten free salad has lots of flavors and textures and colors. Let all of those flavors mesh together, like they do in this vegan penne pasta salad.
I happen to love banza pasta salad, but any gluten free pasta you enjoy should work. It’s more about the toppings and this easy hummus dressing.
Truthfully, I love so many of the foods and flavors found in the Mediterranean diet, like healthy fats (hello olives and olive oil), veggies, and whole grain pasta.
You can really add in any vegetables you like, making this hummus pasta recipe very seasonal. I used veggies sent to me from my Farm Fresh to You order.
It’s as perfect as a summer vegetable pasta salad as it is an allergy-friendly, gluten dairy free pasta salad.
It’s creamy and tasty and healthy. And the best gluten free pasta recipe I’ve ever tasted.
The next time you’re seeking a hummus pasta salad that’s vegan, this is your recipe.
Although this hummus recipe is a staple for meal prep because it lasts all week.
It’s also a great idea to make for new moms, along with this list of freezer meal ideas.
This gluten and dairy free pasta salad recipe is perfect for those who love the creamy texture of hummus and can’t do cheese or don’t enjoy the taste of cheese.
Remember, it’s a little different from your Italian/vinaigrette-based ones.
The hummus salad dressing just makes a heartier pasta salad.
For some more protein, you could also add chickpeas or another bean, edamame, or even tofu or tempeh.
What Should You Serve With This Summer Penne Pasta Salad Recipe?
These sweet potato turkey burgers and apple turkey burgers go lovely with this cold vegan pasta recipe. A true match made in heaven. Another option that we’ve done, to keep the meal meat-free, is this sheetpan salmon recipe.
While you can certainly add cheese and meat, this simple vegan pasta salad is a simple staple on its own.
For a refreshing, fruity salad, try this broccoli kale salad with lemon garlic baked salmon!
- 12 oz gluten free penne, rotini or other small pasta (I used Banza)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium pepper, chopped (I used multi colored)
- 1 onion, chopped (I used yellow)
- ½ cup kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese (optional)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2/3 cup plain hummus
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook your pasta according to directions and desired consistency. Let it cool.
- In a large bowl, combine broccoli, pepper, onion, olives, cheese and salt and pepper. Pour in the chilled pasta, dressing and mix.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
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And if you’re a fan of this cold vegan pasta recipe, you may also love this veggie pasta bake, which is a great freezer meal.
Kale and sweet potato mac and cheese is another vegetarian option, filled with veggies and great for toddlers!
What’s your favorite way to use Hummus?
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