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Garlicky Italian Pasta Salad

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

Happy Friday everyone! This has been the week that just wouldn’t end… I’ve been busy at work, busy at life, busy with a super exciting new project (that I promise to spill the beans on as soon as I can) and on top of all that, my darling little cocker boy Cooper had major surgery. Here he is, back at home, showing off his cone of shame love and good health:

Vegan Italian Pasta SaladSo now, in addition to only having one eye, he only has one ear canal. The good news is that he’s doing great and he’ll be getting his sutures out on Monday.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share this little recipe… my take on Garlicky Italian Pasta Salad… just add a little baked tofu and you’ve got yourself a vegan masterpiece!

Garlicky Italian Pasta Salad (makes 6-8 servings)

To add more protein, or to make a full meal, bake and cube some lightly seasoned tofu, and stir in!


  • 1 lb of rotini (or your favorite small pasta)
  • 1 bell pepper (or half red and half green), diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, diced
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Generous 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Italian dressing
  • S&P to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse well with cold water and set aside.
  2. Mix the veggies, olive oil and garlic powder together and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Add the Italian dressing (start with 3/4 cup, stir well and continue to add until you get the coverage you desire). Stir in S&P, taste and adjust seasonings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  • luminousvegans August 16, 2013, 10:59 am

    I love the olives in this! I need to make something like this before summer is over 🙂

  • Hannah August 16, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Oh, the poor pup… I hope he heals up quickly and fully. Does he get to enjoy any of the pasta salad? I bet that would help soften the sting quite a bit! 😉

  • JoAnn Lakes August 17, 2013, 12:49 am

    Get well soon Cooper!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook August 18, 2013, 11:54 am

    Poor puppy 🙁 Glad he is doing well though! Love this pasta salad! I bet some chickpeas would be great to make it a complete meal!

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