June 24, 2021

by Alyssa

Creamy Hummus Pasta Salad

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This rich and creamy Pasta Salad with hummus, fresh cucumbers, and juicy tomatoes is a Mediterranean-inspired summer dish that's vegetarian, gluten-free and full of protein. overhead of a bowl of colorful vegetarian pasta salad

My Italian heritage has always meant that I love my pasta. Whether it's Baked Vegan Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach in the fall or Rustic Tuscan Pasta with White Beans for a Sunday night family feast, there's no occasion that doesn't call for noodles.

Including hot days in the summer! That's when I turn to refreshing chilled pasta salads like this one. It has crunch from fresh cucumbers and juicy tomatoes and a savory note from Greek olives. But the best part is the creamy, dairy-free dressing with a secret ingredient: hummus.

This is a summer salad that's naturally high in protein, gluten-free and vegan. So it's a great crowd-pleasing side to bring to cookouts, picnics and parties all summer long.

college of the steps and ingredients to make healthy pasta salad

Hummus Dressing for Pasta Salad

Using hummus in the dressing means you get a thick, creamy and satisfying texture without any dairy.

You can use store-bought hummus (I like Sabra) or make your own. If you want to play with the flavor, here are 6 unique ways to make hummus with canned chickpeas.

To thin out the hummus a bit to coat the pasta, add vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. I like a kick of spice in the dressing, too, and always add a dash of hot pepper flakes. Feel free to do the same, or keep things spice-free.

You can also use a different kind of citrus, like orange or lime to replace the lemon. Or more red wine vinegar!

If you don't have red wine vinegar, an easy swap is apple cider or white vinegar.

stirring pasta salad with raw vegetables and olives

Ingredient Notes

Once you have the creamy hummus dressing, the remaining ingredients in this summer pasta salad are simple:

  • Cooked pasta. You can use any shape you like. I love penne, rigatoni or ziti because they're easy to toss with the other bite-sized veggies. Choose gluten-free if necessary.
  • Cucumbers, which are refreshing, crunchy and add a nice pop of green.
  • Cherry tomatoes. You can also dice a full-size tomato if you have one. If you're not a fan of tomatoes, use diced bell pepper for the same color and sweetness.
  • Olives. I like the Mediterranean flavor of kalamata olives, just make sure they're pitted.
  • Feta cheese. Feel free to use vegan feta or omit the feta if you're not eating dairy.
  • Red onion. If you don't like the flavor of raw red onion, soaking the sliced onion in cold water for 10 minutes will reduce the bite. You can also swap it out for scallions or another more mild allium.

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Make-Ahead Hummus Pasta Salad

You can prep a big batch of salad for lunch for the week. In fact, this dish gets even more flavorful as it sits. Store it in an airtight container for up to four days.

 

plate of pasta salad with summer vegetables and cheese

More Summery Salad Recipes to Try:

If you make this Creamy Hummus Pasta Salad recipe, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Creamy Hummus Pasta Salad

This creamy Hummus Pasta Salad is made with cucumbers, gluten-free pasta, olives and feta cheese for a vegetarian make-ahead dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 398kcal
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4.24 from 13 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb gluten-free pasta
  • 2 cups chopped cucumbers
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (vegan optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup hummus (flavor of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cool water to avoid sticking and clumping. Set aside and allow the pasta to cool completely.
  • Once cool, transfer to a mixing bowl and add cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives and red onon. Set aside and prepare the dressing.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing over the pasta mixture and toss until everything is evenly coated and combined. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

 

 

 

This rich and creamy Mediterranean Pasta Salad is made with a delicious, tangy dressing and is packed with veggies! It's vegan, gluten-free & high-protein!

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  1. Hi! So I did the recipe and it turned out pretty yummy, the only thing is that I have tons of pasta for only a few vegetables, it seems kind of disproportioned! I’m French so I have to convert in grams for the lb and it was 450g! Maybe it wasn’t that much?

    • That’s the correct amount! This is definitely more of a pasta dish than a vegetable salad, so I’d say next maybe just double the veggies 🙂

  2. Made this a day ahead of a cookout. The salad came out dry the next day so I made another batch of dressing & it was wonderful & creamy. Great flavor! Will make again.

  3. Just made it and it is fabulous! The only thing I did differently is that I used homemade hummus because I already had some made. Sabra is always the best choice for store bought hummus, though ????

  4. This receipt is super delicious! Thank u for sharing yummy recipes! Really appreciate having great new things to try. ♡

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