With a ton of gluten free pastas now on the market, making any type of pasta dish gluten free is a possibility. Italian pasta salad is a super easy option for potlucks, and the crunchy veggies, spicy peppers, and salty olives make this super satisfying.
What You’ll Need
- Gluten free pasta
- English cucumber
- Bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Black olives
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Dried oregano
- Dried basil
- Fresh parsley
- Black pepper
Variations of Gluten Free Pasta Salad
There are a lot of ways to make pasta salad and I can’t possibly cover them all. However, with this pasta salad, there are a few things you could add to your liking
- Chopped cold cuts
- Cubed cheese (provolone, mozzarella, or even feta)
- White beans
Why Make Gluten Free Italian Pasta Salad?
Pasta salad is a tasty side dish. With lots of flavors and textures, it is quite satisfying. With an olive oil based dressing, this pasta salad has less saturated fat than a traditional mayo-based salad so that’s great for heart health. While some gluten free pastas are not very high in fiber, you could use a bean pasta like Banza and up the fiber and protein.
You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge, but I do think it’s best when served for a crowd the same day. But leftovers can be stored for 3-4 days in the fridge.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
Gluten Free Italian Pasta Salad
- 12 oz gluten free rotini or penne
- 1 English cucumber chopped
- 3 bell peppers red, orange, or yellow; chopped
- 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 1 cup red onion chopped
- 1/2 cup pepperoncini roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup black olives sliced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp oregano dried
- 1 tbsp basil dried
- 2 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- pinch salt
- Boil pasta according to the box directions. Make sure you cook al dente to avoid your noodles breaking apart.
- Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Place in large bowl and add chopped vegetables.
- Make dressing and add to bowl. Toss gently to combine.
As a certified LEAP therapist, Dietitian Kathleen can help you solve your digestive difficulties with cutting edge research and state of the art protocols. Co-author of Cooking with Food Sensitivities Survival Guide.