Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VeganMoFo: Creamy Dijon-Dill Pasta Salad

Sometimes, nothing quite beats a rich, creamy, vegan-mayo-covered pasta salad. I mean, I'm all for healthier versions of pasta salad (and I usually prefer them) but like I said, sometimes...

For this dish, I basically just subbed in some alphabet pasta for the potatoes in my Creamy Dijon-Dill Potato Salad recipe.  It seemed kinda crazy at first - turning a potato salad into a pasta salad - but it's not that weird if you really think about it.

Here, the Dijon and vinegar gave the salad a nice "bite," while the Vegenaise and fresh dill cooled things off a bit.  Plus, the addition of tomatoes (and garlic - "minced" with a microplane zester!) made things even more interesting, which is always a good thing.

What's your favorite pasta salad recipe?  Do you prefer the traditional (vegan) mayonnaise ones, or something a bit more healthy?

9 comments:

  1. I loooooooooove a Greek-style pasta salad with a few pinches of dried oregano and a balsamic or lemon-based dressing. Mmm! Good thing I just ate lunch, or I'd be craving big time!

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  2. I like both creamy and mustardy potato salads, but I keep it pretty conservative with pasta salads: just some pasta and a few veggies tossed with some italian dressing or vinaigrette.

    Your creamy pasta salad is quite lovely. It's reminding me of summer right now...

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  3. Looks yummy! If I weren't so lazy, I'd make some. But I'll just stare at the pic instead.
    Did you ever get to Whole Foods and try their sorbet??

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  4. I like them both depending on my mood.. my kids love creamy, so I usually make those. I make a delicious creamy pasta salad with shallots, vegenaise, garlic fresh basil and lemon juice/zest that is kind of a cross between the two. so good.

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  5. I love all kinds of pasta salads! Vinagrette is fine, but ones made with mayonnaise hold the number one place in my heart.

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  6. @BunzofCinnamon I'm going to Whole Foods right now - can't WAIT to try that sorbet... Will let you know how I liked it when I get back :)

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  7. This sounds delicious, I've been really into copious amount of dill in everything I eat lately. This sounds like it would fit the bill perfectly!

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  8. I like sometjomh with a little french mustard and some tarragon or something with curry and hot pepper:)

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