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Vegan BBQ Bash: Veg-Packed Pasta Salad

It's a staple at Summer BBQs, but when you're trying to make healthy choices, many macaroni or pasta salad recipes are far too high in fat, calorie, and sodium. Swap out your old recipe for this fibre-filled salad; crisp veggies, whole wheat pasta, plus a low-fat dressing come together to create a tasty pasta dish that's less than 215 calories per serving and packed with vitamins A and C.

Between the chopped pickles and tangy dijon mustard, the flavour of this vegan Summer side is so good you won't even miss the mayo! Keep reading to learn all about your new favourite pasta salad recipe.

Vegan Pasta Salad

From Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR Fitness


This recipe could easily be translated for a gluten-free crowd — just swap out the whole wheat fusilli for a brown rice pasta.

Vegan BBQ Bash: Veg-Packed Pasta Salad


  1. 60 mL white-wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    450 grams whole wheat fusilli, cooked
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    3 dill pickles, diced
    2 red peppers, diced
    2 yellow peppers, diced
    3 stalks celery, diced
    45 grams grated carrots
    2 tablespoons dijon mustard


  1. Whisk white-wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil together. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add whole wheat fusilli, and pour in the vinegar and oil mixture. Add dried basil and oregano, and use a large spoon or spatula to make sure everything is mixed in evenly.
  3. Add dill pickles, peppers, celery, and grated carrots to the pasta bowl. Mix well.
  4. Once all the veggies are mixed in, add the two tablespoons of mustard, and mix it up again!
  5. Chill until you're ready to serve, or enjoy immediately.


Calories per serving
213 per serving
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