For the Salad:

  • 8 oz (225g) pasta (use your favorite type, such as penne or fusilli)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook Pasta:
    • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Prepare Vegetables:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced bell peppers, chopped red onion, sliced black olives, and chopped parsley. Toss gently to combine.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, maple syrup or agave nectar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Combine and Chill:
    • Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the bowl of mixed vegetables.
    • Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables, tossing gently until everything is well coated.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the pasta salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
    • Before serving, give it a final toss and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the Vegan Perfect Pasta Salad as a refreshing side dish or a light meal option.

Nutritional Information (Approximate values per serving):

  • Calories: Around 300-350 calories per serving
  • Total Fat: Approximately 12-15g
    • Saturated Fat: Varies based on the amount of olive oil used
  • Total Carbohydrates: Around 40-45g
    • Dietary Fiber: Approximately 4-6g
    • Sugars: Around 4-6g (naturally occurring in vegetables)
  • Protein: Approximately 7-9g
  • Sodium: Varies based on added salt and ingredients