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Easy Vegan Pasta Salad with Avocado Lime-Basil Aioli

Vegan Pasta Salad with Avocado Aioli is crowd-pleasing and easy to make. The tangy, creamy aioli dressing makes this cookout staple extra special.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword vegan pasta salad with avocado
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings as a side, 6 servings as a main dish
Calories 268kcal
Author Becky Striepe

Ingredients

For the Pasta Salad

  • 1 batch Avocado Lime Basil Aioli Pasta Salad Dressing (see below)
  • 1 16 ounce box of shell pasta whole wheat or gluten free is fine, cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups shredded carrots or 1 cup minced carrots
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion

For the Avocado Lime Basil Aioli

  • juice of 3 fresh limes
  • 1 Haas avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

Make the pasta salad.

  • Pour the frozen peas into your colander while the pasta is cooking. When the pasta is ready, pour it in over the peas. The heat will defrost them without overcooking! Rinse, as usual.
  • In a large bowl, toss the pasta and peas with the carrots, onion, and pasta salad dressing.
  • Chill until you’re ready to serve.

Make the Avocado Lime-Basil Aioli Dressing

  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in your blender, and puree until completely smooth.

Notes

You can use the Avocado-Lime Basil Aioli on other foods too. It's a great sandwich spread in place of plain mayo, lovely on top of your favorite comfort bowl and delicious on tacos! The recipe above yields about 1 1/2 cups of the sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal