This Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad is perfect for bringing to gatherings! It’s full of flavor, and very allergy-friendly.
Oh dear, it’s the last day of August and that means tomorrow, September starts! Excuse me, while I have a meltdown thinking about how there are only 4 months left in 2017. What this also means, is that it’s Labor Day weekend! So, at least we have that to look forward to?
Given the holiday, I’m sure there will be plenty of gatherings and eats to be had. So, I thought I’d prepare this extra-delicious roasted broccoli pasta salad for you! Double or triple the recipe if you’re going to a big gathering, oooorrrrr if you want to be selfish and keep a bunch at home. I won’t judge, either way.
And while you’re enjoying your weekend, I’ll be stopping by Vegan Street Fair Nights on Friday, then going to a wedding dinner and wedding the rest of the weekend. Oh, and of course, working on the cookbook; because that is my life. Well, to be honest, I’ll probably be making this again because I REALLY enjoyed it and ate it all for dinner, last night. 😀
Let’s go over some of the reasons why this was so enjoyable: roasted veggies are the best, this Super Grains Fusilli Pasta is hearty and allergy-friendly, and the dressing is light and tangy, without being soupy. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes! Yes, it’s better refrigerated for a bit, but I truly ate half of it before getting that far.
- Broccoli – if you don’t have broccoli on hand, you can always double the amount of cauliflower. Otherwise, I think chopped carrots could be a nice addition to this salad.
- Cauliflower – Same as the broccoli, in that if you don’t have any, double the broccoli. OR, you can try adding in 1 cup kale half way through roasted for similar flavor.
- Bell pepper – I love the sweetness of red bell peppers in this, but orange and yellow will work fine. If you don’t have fresh peppers, substitute it with 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers from a jar or can. But, don’t add them in until after you’ve roasted the other veggies.
- Gluten-free pasta – and pasta will work here, really! I wouldn’t try it with spaghetti, fettuccini, or angel hair, though. 😉
- Vegan mayo – cashew cream + vinegar and agave nectar can also work here!
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- 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 teaspoons sunflower or other high-temp cooking oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 cup dry, gluten-free pasta
- 1/4 cup soy-free, vegan mayo, use 1/3 to 1/2 cup if you like it really saucy
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions, plus extra for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375F. Spread broccoli, cauliflower, and red bell pepper over a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss together to evenly coat, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast veggies for 20 minutes, or until tops start to brown.
- In the last 10 minutes of the veggies roasting, bring 4 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add GoGo Quinoa Super Grains Pasta to water, keeping it boiling over medium heat, and cook for 9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Once veggies have roasted, leave pan on cooling rack so that the veggies can reach room temp.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together vegan mayo, lemon juice, and agave nectar. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste. Add cooled veggies and pasta to sauce, along with green onions.
- Toss together until evenly coated and top with green onions for garnish. Chill for 20-30 minutes before serving. This dish can be made over night, and served the following day.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 198Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
Enjoy this Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad and have a fun and safe weekend, everyone!! <3
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