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Gluten Free Pasta Salad (with Hummus Pasta)

This gluten free hummus pasta salad is a creamy, colorful vegan cold pasta salad recipe. Swap out your boring pasta salad for this upgraded and unique hummus sauce for pasta. 

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Did you know hummus pasta sauce is a thing?

Trust me that a creamy hummus dressing makes your vegan hummus pasta THAT much better. 

It’s also the basis for my favorite tuna pasta salad recipe without mayo – it’s a great replacement for mayo!

I consider myself a bit of an originalist – in that, I combine flavors like in this hummus pasta recipe.

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 recipes, hotdogs, hamburgers, corn and bacon fritters, and a cooler full of beer just screams summer for me.

hummus pasta salad with veggies in clear bowl
Vegan Pasta Salad with nutritional yeast

Summer grain salads are a favorite, like quinoa and sweet potato salad, mango quinoa salad, and this mint cantaloupe salad with cous cous.

Strawberry chicken summer salad is also a delicious addition.

I also love eating cold pasta, which I really only do in the summer, and this gluten free pasta salad is the best way to do it, plus it really is an easy recipe!

I load up on gluten free pasta from Thrive market, so this is always in a stocked pantry for me. 

Also, it has really turned us onto nutritional yeast pasta to keep it a dairy free pasta salad, a staple for any vegan athlete meals we make. 

Gluten Free Pasta Salad Ingredients

The base will always revolve around which pasta you choose to use!

I think the best gluten-free pastas for this pasta salad is Banza pasta because you’re also getting extra protein and iron. 

Some other gluten free pastas to use are Barilla, Ronzoni or Jovial

  • gluten free pasta 
  • broccoli florets
  • peppers
  • onion
  • kalamata olives
clear bowl with gluten free pasta, bowl of broccoli and bowl of onions and peppers

Hummus Pasta Sauce Ingredients: 

  • hummus
  • olive oil
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
clear jar with hummus pasta sauce

Hummus Pasta Sauce Nutrition 

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.

vegan pasta salad in clear bowl with veggies and hummus dressing

Hummus is considered a plant-based source of protein, and it can surely take any gluten free pasta salad recipe up a notch.

And if you want more ways to season pasta, here are some ideas!

This hummus pasta recipe works with whatever pasta you choose, just make sure to cook pasta accordingly and let it cool. And make sure to use a gluten free pasta to keep it as a gf pasta salad. 

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. 

If you love lemon and summery flavors, do yourself a favor and use this lemon basil hummus as the base.

Hummus is also filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and fiber, which most of us aren’t getting enough of.

Plus, a hummus sauce for pasta also offers tons of micronutrients, like folate and vitamin B6, and small amounts of calcium, iron and zinc.

Hummus Pasta Salad in clear mixing bowl with wooden spoon

An Easy Meal Prep Pasta Salad

Vegan hummus pasta is great as a summer vegetable pasta salad as it is an allergy-friendly, dairy free pasta salad.

Like this one pot taco tortellini salad, it is also a staple for simple meal prep because it lasts all week, and is ready in 15-20 minutes.

You can make it while you’re multi-tasking or doing other meals for the week. 

It’s also a great idea to make for new moms, along with this list of freezer meal ideas.

closeup of gluten free pasta salad made with penne, broccoli, red onion and red pepper

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 crispy cauliflower, celery and eggplant in the fall months. 

In the summer, I love to pair with a nice tuna feta salad sandwich. It’s the perfect side!

Tips For Making This A Kid Friendly Pasta Salad

I love to use this hummus pasta recipe as a pasta salad for picky eaters, letting kids add whatever (if any) vegetables they’d like.

And rather than oil and vinegar, they can enjoy a creamy dip. 

  • Get your kids involved in this recipe – it’s ready in 15-20 minutes, so a short enough time for them to stay focused. 
  • Cook your choice of pasta according to the directions and your desired consistency, and let the pasta cool.
  • Have kids choose their favorite pasta shapes or try new ones. It can be an educational opportunity as well. I do this for toddler mac and cheese as well!
  • Let them add their favorite protein or beans in here. There are so many bean recipes for toddlers that would work for inspiration.
ingredients for pasta salad in clear bowl

While the pasta cools, mix your vegetables and ingredients for your hummus pasta sauce.

If your kids are old enough, you can let them chop the vegetables using these kid friendly knives

Have them pour the hummus sauce mixture in the bowl and stir. 

mixing bowl with pasta, hummus sauce and vegetables

This is a go to toddler meal for us that we make on repeat, along with many of these easy toddler snacks!

FAQ and Gluten Free Pasta Salad Tips

  • What other ingredients could you add to mix things up? You can definitely give a cultural twist to it, but it may not stay a vegan gluten free pasta salad. Add feta cheese for a gluten free greek pasta salad, or mozzerella, tomatoes and salami for gluten free italian pasta salad. 
  • How to add more protein – If you enjoy meat, you could add your favorite meat or protein source – chickpeasor edamame would even be delicious as well, or even a tuna hummus pasta salad. Tofu and tempeh are great additions as well. 
  • Can you mix and match pastas? Absolutely, make it fun. Kids love different pasta shapes! You don’t have to stick to gluten free pastas either. 
  • What to serve with this summer hummus pasta salad – Whether this is your main meal or side dish, consider flavorful additions to complete the platter. Some recommendations include:
overhead view of table with gluten free pasta salad in serving bowl and two blue bowls

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gluten free pasta salad in clear bowl with vegetables and hummus pasta sauce dressing
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Gluten Free Hummus Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Mediterranean Vegan Cold Pasta Salad is a creamy, colorful plant based pasta recipe. Swap out your typical pasta salad recipe for this healthy, roasted vegetable pasta salad. 


Pasta Salad

Hummus Dressing

  • 2/3 cup plain hummus
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook your gluten free pasta according to directions and desired consistency. Let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, pepper, onion, olives, cheese and salt and pepper. Pour in the chilled pasta, dressing and mix.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

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  1. This was delicious! I made a few changes to fit our taste buds. Instead of peppers I diced tomatoes. I used sliced black olives instead of Kalamata olives and I added chopped marinated artichoke hearts. Instead of using olive oil in the dressing I just used the marinade from the artichoke hearts. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  2. I have never heard of hummus pasta salad. What a great alternative to store-bought dressing. I need to pin this so I have it the next time I want to make pasta salad.

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  4. Mmmmm what an awesome little recipe hack you’ve discovered here. I’m often way too lazy to make up my own dressing from scratch, so using hummus takes out half the leg work. And I’m always up for the creamier/thicker vibe.

    Also love the idea of being a tourist in your own city. That’s why I love when friends/family come visit. You are forced to get out and see things you don’t normally see.

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