Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vegan Tuesdays - Pasta Salad in Miniature

This is pretty much the one thing I want to eat all summer. It's just the yummiest, easiest pasta salad. It's full of veggies and beans, not too heavily dressed, and a bit spicy. And, everything is tiny. I'm not sure why that pleases me so much, but it does. I used mini penne for the pasta, tiny frozen peas, VERY finely diced cabbage, tomatoes, and a wee bit of jalapeno. I also used chickpeas, but they were regular size.

Cook 1 lb. of mini penne until just tender. Drain and rinse in cold water. Dress the pasta with a little oil-olive or canola. Add 1 can of drained, rinsed chickpeas, 1 small bag of frozen mini-peas, about 1/2 cup finely diced cabbage, 1 finely diced tomato, and a small amount of finely diced jalapeno. Add some vinegar-I used purple sweet potato but you can use any kind you have at home, salt, pepper, a pinch of Mexican oregano (or regular oregano), and hot sauce, all to taste.

Enjoy, and stay cool!

Please see what Wendy cooked up for Vegan Tuesday this week.


  1. This looks great except for the hot sauce, I would like it with Italian Dressing, would that work??

  2. YUM. Looks very delicious. I love the jalapeno in it.

  3. I could eat this salad all summer, too, Michele. I love chickpeas in pasta salads.
    And your cat, Mango, is absolutely gorgeous! My Carlos cat would like to meet her, I bet.
    Those Guinness gingerbread cupcakes are definitely being added to my "to bake" list. Very creative!

  4. Mmm, this salad sounds fantastic! I love those peas thrown in. There's something about seeing those little green flecks that makes every dish even better. Yum!

  5. Sandy - Italian dressing would be great!

    Thank you Wendy!

    Barbara- I am going through a chickpea phase right now. I just love them. Carlos is a very handsome boy!

    Thanks Elyse!

  6. italian dressing very nice absolutly delicious :)