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Creamy Greek Pasta Salad with Cashew Vegan Pesto

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Are you ready for a mouthwatering vegan pasta salad recipe? This Creamy Greek Pasta Salad with Cashew Vegan Pesto packs in all the Greek flavor with a homemade cashew pesto sauce and is made with fresh, seasonal produce and your favorite pasta noodle.

Creamy Greek Pasta Salad with Cashew Vegan Pesto

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, we’re bringing you the most epic Greek pasta salad made in partnership with Walmart and their delicious, accessible fresh produce!

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Plz tell me you’ve seen Walmart’s produce section lately. They’ve really upped their game with some beautiful, locally grown options that are restocked daily. Not to mention their price point is really affordable making healthy eating that much more doable for all. Today, we’re whipping up an easy pasta salad recipe with all of my favorite seasonal produce from Walmart. Here in Minnesota, we have the perfect summer climate for tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and basil…and that’s exactly what this recipe features! The Walmart I went to here in Minneapolis had about 4 or 5 options of cherry tomatoes alone and they were all so fresh I couldn’t even choose. I ended up going with a carton of gorgeous cherry tomatoes from a farm here in Minnesota. LOVE. One thing you should know about Walmart produce is that there’s a 100% fresh guarantee…heart.

I’m excited for you all to head over to your local Walmart to do the same exact thing as I did, except cook with produce from your own neck of the woods.

Okay, let’s talk Vegan Pesto Sauce first…

This sauce –> Is. Out. Of. This. World. Words cannot describe how delicious this creamy cashew vegan pesto is. We’ve been loving all things cashew-based and this sauce starts off with some soaked cashews, which are blended until creamy. This not only adds amazing texture, but cashews are packed with healthy fats and protein. Throw in some fresh basil, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a sauce everyone is going to love. Let’s check out the entire lineup —

  • Raw Cashews
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Tahini
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Sauce in jar

Moving on to the Pasta Salad…

I love when you can clearly see what’s in your food. Am I the only one? That’s a big part of why I love cooking in my own kitchen because I know exactly what Is going into what I’m eating. This recipe is so simple, yet so flavorful and wonderful for summer. Here’s what you need:

  • Pasta (vegan, if desired)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Red Onion

We tried to keep this recipe 100% plant-based to really let the produce speak for itself. Let me tell you, it 100% did. The sauce + whole food combination was out of this world. Plus, this recipe feeds a crowd, so you’re good to go if you’re cooking for a summer gathering or party.

Pasta salad in bowl

pasta salad on plate

How beyond delicious does this Greek Pasta Salad look? I love all of the Mediterranean flavors that are packed into this easy pasta salad. I could literally eat the screen. Now, get your booties to your local Walmart, get your produce shopping on, and make this pasta salad!

Creamy Greek Pasta Salad with Cashew Vegan Pesto

Are you ready for a mouthwatering vegan pasta salad recipe? This Creamy Greek Pasta Salad with Cashew Vegan Pesto packs in all the Greek flavor with a homemade cashew pesto sauce and is made with fresh, seasonal produce and your favorite pasta noodle.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Author: Lee Hersh
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

Cashew Pesto

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked*
  • 4 cloves garlic (raw or roasted)**
  • 2 cups basil, packed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoons water (or more, depending on how juicy your lemon was)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Pasta Salad

  • 16 oz. rotini (or any kind of pasta)
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rotini and cook until al dente.
  2. While pasta is boiling, place all of the ingredients for the cashew pesto into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Depending on how juicy your lemon was, you may need to add more water. The consistency should be thick and creamy. Set aside for later!
  3. Once pasta is al dente, remove from stove and strain in the sink. Run pasta under cold water and set aside.
  4. Last, prep the vegetables for the pasta salad. Half the cherry tomatoes, rinse and strain garbanzo beans, half the kalamata olives, chop the cucumber, and thinly slice red the onion. Place veggies into a large bowl and add pasta. Mix until combined.
  5. Finally, add in cashew pesto and mix until everything is generously coated.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour and then enjoy!

Notes

*Soak your cashews in water for 8 hours or overnight. This will soften them a bit and allow them to be blended into pesto.

**Option to use raw or roasted garlic. We tried both ways and really enjoyed the roasted variation.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/10
  • Calories: 361
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 45
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 12

pasta salad

This post is sponsored by Walmart. I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds and allowing me to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle!

Originally posted at FitFoodiefinds.com

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