Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

 

I think this might be my favorite pasta salad I’ve ever made. Yeah, I’m totally stoked about it. And SO excited to share it with you guys today— and just in time for 4th of July weekend!

Because you totally need some form of pasta salad in your barbecue spread. You feel me?

Ok, so let’s start with the flavors. If you’re a cilantro fan, this salad is basically straight out of your dreams. I used almost an entire bunch of cilantro, along with some lime, garlic, and olive oil for the brightest, freshest dressing I could imagine. Literally cilantro heaven!

 

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

I tossed the tangy dressing with some brown rice pasta, fresh arugula, chickpeas, and crunchy asparagus— a little whole grain, a little protein, a little green. The balance of flavors was on POINT! Fresh and tangy and crunchy and tender— all good things when it comes to pasta salad. So, again, a must share for the few days before the 4th of July.

What are your plans for the big weekend?? We’re heading up to the lake with Nate’s family and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

There is something so special about weekends at the lake— maybe it’s how quiet and serene the mornings are, or how gorgeous the sun looks setting at night, or the late night campfires down by the water— it’s just, kind of, perfect.

We grew up with the Finger Lakes right down the road from us, so it’s no wonder it’s such a place of comfort. Oh, the memories!

 

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Well, it’s been quite a busy week here in my end, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet before I start babbling on about a whole lot of nothing.

Hope y’all have the most wonderful, relaxing, family-filled weekend wherever you may be spending it!

Oh, and promise me some form of pasta salad is involved 😉

 

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 8oz brown rice fusilli, or pasta of choice
  • 1 cup thin asparagus, chopped into 2'' pieces
  • 3 cups wild arugula
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked or canned

for the dressing

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of half a lime (a juicy one!)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Step 1
Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, steam your asparagus until tender, then drain and set aside.
Step 2
Place all dressing ingredients into a high speed blender: cilantro, lime, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth and all ingredients are combined. Add a little more lime juice, salt, and pepper if desired.
Step 3
Place arugula into a large bowl and top with warm pasta, chickpeas, and asparagus. Pour the cilantro lime dressing over the ingredients and toss to coat. Add any additional desired salt and pepper. Serve it up!

Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing {vegan, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

12 Comments

  1. I haven’t had a pasta salad for a while..And that cilantro dressing!! Stunning photos!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Amy! It’s definitely one of my favorite pasta salads for sure 😉

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