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Summer Staples: Italian Vegan Pasta Salad and Dessert Bars

Throw together this easy Italian Vegan Pasta Salad and pack it up for a summer picnic! This pasta salad is made with vegetables, olive oil and dairy-free cheese. In partnership with Daiya Foods!

Pasta Salad

SUMMER IS HERE IN FULL FORCE! I swear I will celebrate the beginning of summer every year of my life, so be prepared to read those words every summer for as long as I’m still blogging – no matter how hot it is.

I’m really excited to be back in Colorado after weeks of traveling because there are so many fun things to do here in the summer. Hike, bike, swim, road trip, go to the park, listen to live music downtown… we’re going to ignore the fact that I’m taking a summer class and instead pretend like I have no responsibilities this summer.

Oh wait, did I mention PICNIC? It’s time for all the picnics, y’all!

Pasta Salad Recipe

I love being outside, and I love food. So I can’t think of anything better than a picnic. Also, picnic food is the best. Crackers, fruit, sandwiches cut into triangles, pasta salad, maybe even wine if you’re feeling fancy.

You obviously have to have dessert at a picnic. We will 1000% be eating Daiya’s Dessert Bars at every single summer picnic! (and after dinner, and as an afternoon snack… basically any time)

You’ve probably seen Daiya at your local grocery store since they sell their dairy-free, plant-based products at Sprouts, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, and most natural food stores. They’re committed to making tasty, better-for-you comfort foods like pizza, burritos, dairy-free cheese, and these Dessert Bars.

Eating Daiya Ice Cream on Park Bench

The Dessert Bars come in four flavors: Classic Vanilla Bean (my favorite), Salted Caramel Swirl, Espresso Coffee, and Chocolate Fudge Crunch (Cayden’s favorite). They’re creamy, rich, and made with premium ingredients like fair trade dark chocolate (!!!), real vanilla extract, and 100% Arabica coffee.

Daiya Dessert Bar

So… is your mouth watering yet? Get a box (or five) of these Daiya Dessert Bars to enjoy this summer!

Daiya Dessert Bar

Daiya Dessert Bars & Pasta Salad

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is stupid simple. Cook pasta (easy), chop vegetables (a breeze), and add dressing (just olive oil). You could make this Italian pasta salad recipe in your sleep.

Feel free to customize it how you please. I personally love kalamata olives, but you can also use black olives. Add some cubed tempeh for plant-based protein. Serve it over greens. So many options!

Oh, the Daiya Jalapeño Havarti Style Block in there? SO GOOD.

Vegan Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

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How to make:

Italian Vegan Pasta Salad

Throw together this easy Italian Vegan Pasta Salad and pack it up for a summer picnic! This pasta salad is made with vegetables, olive oil and dairy-free cheese. In partnership with Daiya Foods!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Vegan Italian Pasta Salad
Author:
Emilie
Yield:
6-8 1x

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole grain pasta (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 package Daiya Foods Jalapeño Havarti Style Block, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata or black olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped and packed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Add pasta and the remaining ingredients to a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Thanks to Daiya Foods for sponsoring this post! I love working with brands whose products I really love and would honestly recommend.

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