quick and easy pasta salad


This Italian inspired pasta salad recipe was due for an update. It got new pictures, a new video and it now tastes even more delicious.

The pasta salad can easily be prepared when you’re visiting or on holiday. It’s ready in less than 20 minutes, the ingredients should be available in every supermarket and you don’t need any fancy kitchen equipment. 

This healthy mediterranean summer salad can be enjoyed warm from the pan as a quick meal. It can also be eaten cold, so it’s perfect to bring to a potluck, barbecue, to the beach or to a party buffet. Or just in your lunch box to work. 

My simple basic recipe without mayonnaise also works fine if you omit the onions and garlic.

pasta salad

What do you need for the pasta salad?

  • pasta of choice
  • rocket salad or spinach and tomatoes
  • Italian herb mix
  • smoked paprika spice or just paprika powder
  • pine nuts
  • maple syrup
  • a little chili
  • balsamic glaze
  • lemon

If you don’t know balsamic glaze yet, you really need to try it, it’s a thick syrupy sauce made of balsamic vinegar. It’s delicious on many dishes and sandwiches and I think it’s available everywhere meanwhile. If you can’t find it, you can make it yourself by simmering balsamic vinegar until it thickens up, usually about 20-30 minutes. That’s why it is also called balsamic reduction. 

quick vegan pasta salad

What can you add to the pasta bowl?

  • meat replacements
  • cooked lentils or beans
  • tofu, especially smoked tofu
  • vegan cheese
  • other vegetables

This is of course an excellent way to use up what’s left in the fridge! Tofu and other veggies can best be added right after the onions, ready to eat meat replacements, lentil or beans and vegan cheese can be added before the pasta.


Vegan pasta salad that can be made in less than 20 minutes, with supermarket ingredients and no fancy kitchen equipment
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course mains, Quick & easy meals, Recipes
Cuisine Fusion cuisine
Servings 2 Portionen


  • 2,5 cups pasta
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika powder or just paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 hand fulls rocket salad or spinach
  • 2 tomatoes cut in quarters
  • 2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze
  • pinch of chili


  • First, gather all your ingredients and prepare them in the right amounts. That makes it so much easier and more fun and you're less likely to forget anything. 
  • Cook pasta according to instructions.
  • Cut lemon in half and brown them in olive oil face down for about 3-5 minutes. Then set aside.
  • Sauté the onions in the same pan for about 2 minutes until translucent, then add garlic and pine nuts. Stir well.
  • Add smoked paprika, herbs, salt, maple syrup and the drained pasta and stir well.
  • Mix tomatoes, rocket salad and balsamic glaze and to the pasta, stir, put on plates immediately and sprinkle with chili.
  • Serve with lemons and squeeze them over the pasta, mind falling seeds.
Keyword quick weeknight meal
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If you enjoyed the pasta salad and you’re looking for another quick and easy recipe, feel free to check out my peanut noodles.


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