15-Minute Pasta Salad

15 Minute Pasta Salad

This really is an awesome pasta salad.

It has a bit of everything; it’s zesty, tangy, slightly sweet and there’s a lovely kick from the chilli flakes.

But better still, this recipe will only take you 15 minutes to prepare. Not bad, right?

This one of our go-to meals after a busy day in the So Vegan HQ. It takes almost no time at all, and it simply never gets boring.

We hope you enjoy!

Roxy & Ben

15 Minute Pasta Salad

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15-Minute Pasta Salad
15 Minute Pasta Salad
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g pasta
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 handfuls of parsley
For the dressing
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider viegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g pasta
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 handfuls of parsley
For the dressing
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider viegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
15 Minute Pasta Salad
Instructions
  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta as per the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, transfer the sunflower seeds to a frying pan on a medium heat and toast them for 5 minutes or until the seeds start to crackle.
  3. Remove the skin and thinly slice the red onion, dice the cucumber, quarter the cherry tomatoes, drain and rinse the chickpeas, finely chop the parsley, then remove the pits and halve the olives. Add all these ingredients to a mixing bowl, along with the toasted sunflower seeds.
  4. Then prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Drain the pasta, run cold water through it, then transfer the pasta to the mixing bowl and pour the dressing on top. Stir the pasta salad well to combine.
  6. Serve with a sprinkling of parsley and any leftover sunflower seeds.

Kale & Carrot ‘Bacon’ Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

We love ‘veganising’ popular dishes and this kale & carrot ‘bacon’ caesar salad has been in the works for a while now.

It’s crunchy, it’s creamy and it’s fresh. There’s a lot to love about this recipe!

We use chickpeas, seasoned with paprika, as croutons. Then we roast slices of marinaded carrot to replace bacon.

There are a few different components, but we’ve tried to make it as simple as possible while capturing as much flavour as possible!

Enjoy!

Roxy & Ben

Kale Caesar Salad

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Kale & Carrot 'Bacon' Caesar Salad
Kale Caesar Salad
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2x 400 g tinned chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1/2 cup soya milk
  • 1 large cos or Romaine lettuce
  • 2 large handfuls of kale
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2x 400 g tinned chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1/2 cup soya milk
  • 1 large cos or Romaine lettuce
  • 2 large handfuls of kale
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
Kale Caesar Salad
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. To soften the cashews, transfer them to a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set the cashews aside until they’re needed later in the recipe.
  3. To make the carrot bacon, peel the carrot then thinly slice it using a mandolin or a knife.
  4. Place the sliced carrot in a small mixing bowl. Add the maple syrup, 1 tsp olive oil, soya sauce, a pinch of salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Set aside and leave to marinate.
  5. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas. Then transfer the chickpeas to the baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt. Use your hands to combine. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the lettuce and kale by rinsing and drying the leaves. Then remove the stem from the kale and roughly chop the leaves into bite-size pieces.
  7. To prepare the dressing, drain the cashews and place in a blender. Add the lemon juice, garlic, mustard, nutritional yeast, 2 tbsp olive oil, capers and soya milk to the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  8. Once the chickpeas have finished roasting, remove the baking tray from the oven and toss the chickpeas in the paprika. Push the chickpeas to the top half of the baking tray and lay the carrot slices on the bottom half. Place the baking tray back into the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, toss the leaves with the dressing until fully combined and plate up by dividing the leaves across four plates.
  10. Remove the baking tray from the oven and sprinkle each portion with a quarter of the chickpeas and a few slices of carrot bacon.

Mango and Avocado Salad

Mango and Avocado Salad

Salads. They’re not exactly the trickiest of recipes to get right. But what can be a bit tricky is making a salad taste great. The sort of salad that makes you think “wow!”.

And I think we might have just done that!

We’ve fallen in love with this mango and avocado salad. It’s embarrassingly easy, yet bursting with sweet, fresh flavours… perfect as we build-up for the warm summer months.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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Mango and Avocado Salad
Mango and Avocado Salad
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Mango and Avocado Salad
Instructions
  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix everything together with two wooden spoons, until all the ingredients are coated in the dressing.

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Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Makes 4 small servings.

Ingredients

100g mixed leaves (i.e. spinach, rocket and baby red chard)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 small red onion
1 red apple
1 orange
Handful pomegranate seeds

For the dressing…
3 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. Place a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and toast the walnuts and pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes or until they start to turn golden.

2. Place the mixed leaves, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds in a mixing bowl.

3. Peel and slice the onion. Peel the orange, then place a bowl underneath and slice into segments while using the bowl to catch the leftover juice for the dressing. Deseed and dice the apple. Transfer the onion, orange and apple pieces to the mixing bowl.

4. Prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients together with the leftover juice from the orange.

5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix everything together.

6. Serve the salad with a topping of pomegranate seeds.

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