Basic Pasta Salad

This is my basic go-to pasta salad recipe. Combining penne pasta and salad vegetables in a creamy garlic and herb dressing. The perfect side dish for any barbecue, picnic or get together.

Yield; Four small servings Cook time; Ten minutes

You’ll need;

  1. 150g/5oz dried penne
  2. Half a cucumber, diced
  3. One pepper, diced
  4. Four large tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  5. Half a bunch of spring onion, sliced
  6. One handful of baby spinach, chopped

For the dressing you’ll need;

  1. Three tablespoons of vegan mayonnaise
  2. One clove of garlic, sliced
  3. 50ml lemon juice
  4. 50ml oil
  5. One teaspoon of mixed herbs
  6. One teaspoon of dried chives
  7. One teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  8. Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Firstly prepare the dressing by putting the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, oil and mustard into a jug and blend with an immersion blender. Then using a spoon, mix through the herbs and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Prepare the salad vegetables and set aside.
  • Boil the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. Once it’s cooked, drain and cool the pasta by running a little cold water over it, then drain again.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta and give it a good mix. Fold through the salad vegetables until well combined.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

It’s easy to switch out the vegetables if you don’t like the ones I used, pretty much anything will work.

Bye for now 🙂

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