This Vegetarian Pasta Salad is a perfect side dish! The pasta salad is made with a mayo free dressing and packed with vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, corn and topped with feta cheese.
This pasta salad is perfect for summer gatherings! Whenever you’re ready to grill, this easy grilling side dish is going to be a favorite!
After my second son was born, a friend of ours brought over pasta salad. When she first told me that I was going through my head trying to figure out what I would be able to eat instead – as I’ve never been a fan of mayo-based pasta salads.
But then she told me the dressing wasn’t mayonnaise based. Hallelujah!
It was SO good that I had to make it myself.
This pasta salad has a homemade dressing that is similar to the homemade Italian dressing used for this Marinade for Pork Chops.
This pasta salad dressing has red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic and loads of dried spices for a punch of flavor!
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to Prepare Pasta Salad Ahead of Time
After cooking the pasta, add in the vegetables and about 1/2 of the dressing. Toss the pasta salad in the dressing and then refrigerate until you’re ready to eat. Before serving, add the remaining dressing and give it one more toss.
Should pasta salad be served cold?
This pasta salad can be enjoyed warm or cold. Typically it’s best served cold because it can be made ahead of time and doesn’t require anything to keep it warm for serving at any outdoor events.
What is the difference between Pasta Salad and Macaroni Salad?
Macaroni salad is made with a sweetened mayo based dressing, while pasta salad is usually made with an oil and vinegar based dressing! Pasta salad also has a lot of variation of which type of pasta noodle is used.
What veggies are best for pasta salad?
This veggie pasta salad recipe uses tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, belly peppers and corn in it. You could also choose to use olives in your pasta salad! Raw veggies are best because they provide a lovely texture to pasta salad.
How to Make Pasta Salad Dressing without Mayo
It is so simple to make your own mayo free pasta salad dressing! You need 2 parts oil and 3 parts vinegar plus lots of spices! In this case, you can use red or white wine vinegar and olive oil as the base to the dressing.
What can you serve with pasta salad?
Pasta salad goes well with so many dishes! Try it with:
- Grilled Pork Chops
- Pan Seared Chicken Thighs
- Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
- Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers
- No Mayo Potato Salad
- Beef Tenderloin Roast
For more easy side dishes, check out:
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Sweet Potato Kale Sauté
- Traditional Mexican Rice
- Jalapeño Creamed Corn
- Lemon Orzo Pasta
As always, if you make this recipe or you’re thinking about it I would LOVE for you to leave a comment and rating below!
- 1 box tri colored rotini
- 1 cucumber, sliced then quartered
- 2 bell peppers (yellow and red), cores removed and diced
- 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 3/4 cup corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 cup feta, optional
- mayo free pasta salad dressing
Mayo Free Italian Pasta Salad Dressing
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Chop vegetables and set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain once cooked and set aside.
- In a mason jar, add ingredients for dressing. Shake to combine ingredients.
- In an extra large bowl, stir together pasta, vegetables and feta. Cover with 1/2 of dressing and toss once more. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Before serving, toss salad with remaining dressing. Serve chilled.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 266mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 3g