Ready In:

15 minutes

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About This Recipe

By: Leah Roberts

I hear all too often from people starting out in veganism that it is just too hard! The recipes they find on Pinterest steer them wrong, they’re too hard, or they think some of the processed vegan products are gross.

That’s because you are starting it off all wrong my friend!

Despite the common misconception, veganism is really quite simplistic.

You don’t need to eat intricate and complicated things! Just eat REAL food! Try the weird ingredients and processed fake meats/cheese later on, when you’ve forgotten the flavor of the real stuff. If you try those right off that bat, you aren’t going to like it and you will ruin it for yourself forever– I made that mistake myself.

Start with making the same food you ate before- but the vegan way. Pasta and sauce, rice dishes and stir-fry, toast and breakfast burritos, salads and bowls. That’s all!

So I want to share an easy, simple, REAL food, pasta salad recipe with you. This recipe is so simple and easy I don’t even measure- it is all in how much and WHAT you want in your own pasta salad.

Use my ingredients if you want, or add your own toppings– it’s all up to you.


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 box of pasta of your choosing- I prefer veggie rotini
  • 1 bottle Annie’s Green Garlic Dressing
  • 1 large Avocado
  • 1 can of black olives
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 1 jar of hearts of palm (pictured below)
  • Shelled Sunflower Seeds
  • Shelled Pistachios
  • Shelled Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Any other toppings you prefer

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Bring 1 medium saucepan of water over high heat, with a splash of olive oil, or really whatever oil you have.

Bring to boil. Turn heat to medium. Add pasta to the water. Cook until al dente. Rinse under cold water until cool, or cool in the refrigerator.

When cool- put your desired portion into a bowl.

Step 2

Take 1 or 2 hearts of palm and slice those up, throw it in your bowl.

Slice up your olives (however many you want), avocado, throw that in the bowl.

Shake some garbanzo beans, all seeds and nuts, into the bowl. Add the dressing of your choosing– I like Annie’s Organic Green Garlic Dressing (photo below).

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