Cucumber Pasta Salad


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This quick and easy Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad combines a creamy vegan dressing – like a mixture of Ranch and tzatziki – with freshly sliced cucumbers and red onions along with plenty of chopped dill! It’s the perfect unique pasta salad recipe for your next backyard barbecue.

Large white platter filled with creamy vegan cucumber pasta salad

You’ll Love This

  • It’s the perfect refreshing summer pasta salad. If you’re looking for a different way to use up all those fresh cucumbers from the garden or farmer’s market – look no further! This salad is loaded with fresh, simple, real ingredients that are welcomed departure from the classic meat and cheese filled pasta salads!
  • There’s no mayo! Coconut milk is the (not so) secret ingredient that gives this cucumber pasta salad all its creaminess. So you still get that rich, indulgent flavor without the heavy, greasiness that mayo can sometimes bring to a dish.
  • Your friends and family will love it – vegan or not! Your vegan friends will be pumped that there is something they can eat the backyard barbeque or family get together. And your non-vegan friends will be shocked how much they enjoyed a dish that’s totally vegan!
Overhead shot of a plate with creamy cucumber pasta salad garnished with dill

Instructions

Cook pasta and toss it in olive oil and a couple pinches of salt and pepper.

Metal strainer with cooked al dente noodles in it

Add coconut milk, vinegar, olive oil, dill, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper a small bowl.

Small white bowl with ingredients to make creamy cucumber salad dressing

Whisk until well combined.

Small white bowl with ingredients to make creamy cucumber salad dressing

Add pasta, sliced cucumbers, and sliced onions to a large bowl.

Large white bowl with cooked pasta cucumbers and red onions in it

Pour dressing over pasta.

Large white bowl with cooked pasta cucumbers and red onions drizzled with creamy vegan dressing

Toss to combine. Garnish with fresh dill and enjoy!

Large white bowl filled with creamy cucumber salad garnished with fresh dill

Tips

  • You will need to use canned full fat coconut milk for this cucumber salad recipe. The coconut milk that comes in a carton is too thin for this and is also totally lacking in the flavor department. Canned full-fat coconut milk is going to give you the perfect flavor and texture to coat every nook and cranny of these noodles!
  • The dressing will thicken as it sits. You can add more coconut milk, olive oil, or a splash of vinegar or water to loosen it up. Just be sure to season to taste with salt and pepper after adding any more liquid to the salad.
  • This is a great make-ahead pasta salad recipe. Although, because the dressing tends to thicken as it sits, I would recommend not adding the dressing to the noodles until just a few minutes before serving.
  • If you’re making this ahead of time, you can mix the dressing ingredients together and refrigerate them for up to 5 days before serving. Just make sure you give the dressing a good mix before adding it to the salad as it will start to separate as it sits.
Large white platter filled with creamy vegan cucumber pasta salad

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Cucumber Pasta Salad

This quick and easy Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad combines a creamy, herb-filled vegan dressing with al dente noodles, sliced cucumbers, red onions, and dill!

  • Author: Kylie Lato
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Scale

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. rotini pasta
  • 2 cups sliced cucumbers (about 1/8″ thick)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

Dressing:

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat noodles evenly. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl combine coconut milk, vinegar, olive oil, dill, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
  3. Add pasta, sliced cucumbers, and sliced onions to a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over pasta and toss to combine.
  5. Garnish with fresh dill and enjoy!

Notes

You will need to use canned full fat coconut milk for this cucumber salad recipe. The coconut milk that comes in a carton is too thin for this and is also totally lacking in the flavor department. Canned full-fat coconut milk is going to give you the perfect flavor and texture to coat every nook and cranny of these noodles!

The dressing will thicken as it sits. You can add more coconut milk, olive oil, or a splash of vinegar or water to loosen it up. Just be sure to season to taste with salt and pepper after adding any more liquid to the salad.

This is a great make-ahead pasta salad recipe. Although, because the dressing tends to thicken as it sits, I would recommend not adding the dressing to the noodles until just a few minutes before serving.

If you’re making this ahead of time, you can mix the dressing ingredients together and refrigerate them for up to 5 days before serving. Just make sure you give the dressing a good mix before adding it to the salad as it will start to separate as it sits.

Keywords: cucumber dill pasta salad, vegan pasta salad, creamy cucumber salad





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