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A favorite vegan Italian pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, and fresh herbs – perfect for every summer party.

sun dried tomato pasta salad with scallions, pine nuts, and bow tie pasta

Is there anything better than a large bowl loaded with vegan pasta salad? It’s perfect for any summer BBQ, as a side dish, or a quick and easy dinner.

Especially the use of sun-dried tomatoes and roasted pine nuts give this salad a very flavorful taste. I love to make it with bow tie pasta, but every short pasta shape works great. Use gluten-free or chickpea pasta for a healthier version (summer = bikini time).

This easy pasta salad is compatible for a large crowd → use the slider in the recipe card to scale the serving size/amount of ingredients. Another bonus point is that you can prepare it one day in advance.

vegan italian pasta salad in a blue bowl

Vegan Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • Short pasta such as farfalle (bow tie), penne, or macaroni
  • Sun-dried tomatoes for extra taste
  • Pine nuts for crunch and a nutty flavor
  • Scallions for a mild onion flavor
  • Fresh herbs for an aromatic note and a green, bright color
  • Homemade Italian dressing
ingredients for pasta salad in a blue plate

How To make pasta salad

Making this pasta salad recipe is very easy and doesn’t need a lot of cooking skills. The most important thing is to cook your pasta al dente, cause soft overcooked pasta doesn’t taste in cold pasta salad. I recommend always sticking to the cooking time as stated on the packaging.

Make sure to let them cool for at least 15 minutes before mixing them with the salad dressing – lukewarm is ok, they don’t need to be entirely cold.

The next step is to chop the ingredients. I love chopping mine very thin but do as you please and adapt the salad to your taste. Also, substitute or add more veggies such as olives, bell pepper, or rocket.

Pasta Salad Dressing

A very simple salad dressing is the best for an Italian pasta salad.

vegan pasta salad dressing in a small bowl

Mix those ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar – white or red wine vinegar is delicious too
  • Mustard
  • Agave nectar – maple syrup or any other sweetener works also
  • Garlic, salt, pepper
  • Do you prefer creamy dressing? Use this vegan french dressing recipe.

If you love a creamy pasta salad, you might want to try this vegan macaroni salad.

vegan bow tie pasta salad in a blue plate with golden cutlery next to it

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📖 Recipe

vegan italian pasta salad in a blue bowl

Vegan Italian Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

A favorite vegan Italian pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, and fresh herbs – perfect for every summer party.
Author : Aline Cueni
4.80 from 5 votes

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Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 380kcal


Pasta Salad

  • 7 oz (200g) pasta I used Farfalle
  • ¼ cup (60g) sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil in thin strips
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts roasted
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 4 tbsp fresh Italian herbs e.g. basil, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano

Italian Salad Dressing

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or any other vinegar
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp agave nectar or any other sweetener
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced


  • Cook the pasta in boiling salt water al dente. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Roast the pine nuts for 5 minutes over medium heat. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, and fresh herbs. 
  • Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients and toss until combined. Serve immediately or store up to two days in your fridge.


  • Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main dish.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for some guests we had over and it was devoured by everyone. Will definitely be making this again!

  2. 5 stars
    My ENTIRE non-vegan family absolutely loved it!! They would’ve finished it all off, but I had to set some aside for my brother to taste. 😄