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June 14, 2015

by Alyssa

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad

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This healthy caesar pasta salad is made with a creamy, vegan dressing and tossed with chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, and fresh romaine lettuce.

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad - rich, creamy and protein packed it makes the perfect, healthy side dish!

I don’t eat a ton of pasta at home, so I when I do I make sure it’s a little over the top.

Not in an unhealthy way, just sort of…indulgent, I guess. Because if I’m going for pasta, it’s going to be satisfying.

And this vegan caesar pasta salad? Oh so satisfying!

Caesar Pasta Salad made with a vegan dressing, chickpeas, lettuce and tomato

I can’t decide what I love more: the creamy, faux-caesar dressing that makes its way into every little crevice of the pasta, or the delightful crunch from the fresh romaine. I think it’s more that I love the combination of the two. Ultra creamy, but with that perfect balance of crunch.

It’s a pasta salad like none other.

Creamy Vegan Caesar Dressing // made with cashews, water, lemon, mustard, miso, capers

The dressing is made from a base of raw cashews – you know how much I love my raw cashew sauces! – which have been blended up with some mustard, lemon, a little vegan mayo, a touch of miso paste and some capers.

It’s got that tang that caesar dressings have, but without all the junk. Plus, you can use it for everything!

A new family favorite: Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad - it's a healthy alternative to one of our favorite salads!

Luckily, for all of us pasta lovers who are also health conscious, there are quite a few options when shopping for healthy pasta. I always used to be a brown rice pasta girl, because of the whole-grain goodness, but my heart has been captured by a new pasta: Red Lentil + Quinoa Supergrain Pasta!

Seriously you guys…it’s SO good. And it’s only made from red lentil flour and organic quinoa flour. Meaning it’s not only nutritious, but it’s packed with protein.

Get this…in one serving there are 12 grams of protein! How crazy (and awesome) is that!? The same size serving of my beloved brown rice pasta has only 4g.

AND it also has more than 3X the amount of fiber, fewer carbohydrates, less fat and fewer calories.

But here’s what it doesn’t have: less taste!

Love caesar salad? You've got to try this Caesar Salad Pasta! It tastes like the real thing but it's actually healthy! [vegan + gluten-free]

I know that red lentil pasta might sound a little strange to some, but it truly tastes spectacular. It’s a little nutty, not bean-y at all, and the texture is perfect. It doesn’t crumble or break apart like some gluten-free pastas – it held up to lots of tossing and stirring with this pasta salad – so it could really go with any type of dish that you want. I’m thinking a pasta bake for my next test run.

The perfect meal for summer: caesar pasta salad!

Using this powerhouse pasta in a salad like this – with a creamy, cashew-based dressing, chickpeas and fresh veggies – there’s nothing unhealthy or overindulgent about it. It’s just wholesome, nutritious and seriously delicious.

If you dig a good caesar salad, but are looking for a healthier alternative, this pasta salad is it. It’s got all the traditional fixings, just skips out on the dairy, meat, additives and unhealthy fats. A must-try!

Happy munching my pasta peeps!

xo Alyssa

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Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad

I know that red lentil pasta might sound a little strange to some, but it truly tastes spectacular. It’s a little nutty, not bean-y at all, and the texture is perfect. It doesn’t crumble or break apart like some gluten-free pastas 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 103kcal
Author Alyssa
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Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad - rich, creamy and protein packed it makes the perfect, healthy side dish!
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  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions (mine were perfect at 7 minutes).
  • Drain and rinse quickly under cold water. Set aside until completely cooled.
  • While the pasta is cooling, prepare the dressing. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. (I LOVE the twister jar from Blendtec for doing this!)
  • Once pasta is cooled, add chickpeas, tomatoes, romaine, capers, caper water, lemon zest and 1/2 cup dressing. Toss to until salad is evenly coated. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add a dash of red pepper flakes if you want a little heat.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve. This is best served cold, so allowing it to cool for an hour or two is recommended!


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 98mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Hi
    Would you be kind enough to let me know if you have found a gluten free pasta that works for salads….the ones I have used turn very hard and rubbery once cold. Thank you.

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  3. Oh this looks amazing (as does the chickpea salad with the dressing)!!! Just pinned.

  4. Stop.it! I’ve been dying for a good healthy pasta salad, and this fits the exact bill! I can’t wait to whip up that healthy caesar dressing and slather some quinoa noods in it. Marvelous, m’dear!

  5. I love that creamy dressing with cashews – I bet it’s so yummy! What a delicious pasta salad!


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