Vegan Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), oil drained off
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, just the leaves (toss out the stems)
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Pasta Salad:

  • 3 cups fresh Smith's Farm's broccoli florets
  • 1 16 ounce package of farfalle pasta
  • 1 5 ounce can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Vegan parmesan, optional - to top

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  When the water is at a rolling boil, submerge the broccoli florets for 15 seconds, then remove and rinse with very cold water.  Add to a large mixing bowl.  Use the same pot of boiling water to prepare the pasta.  Follow the directions on the pasta package, drain, rinse with cold water, and allow it to cool.
  2. In a skillet, add garlic, olive oil, and crushed red pepper flakes over high heat.  As soon as it starts to sizzle, turn it down to low and allow the garlic and red pepper flakes to infuse the oil.  Cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes.  Do not allow the garlic to brown or burn.  Add it, and everything else listed under "Dressing" to a food processor or blender.  Blend until very smooth.  Taste, and adjust seasonings (Salt? More balsamic? etc).
  3. Add everything EXCEPT the farfalle pasta to the large mixing bowl with the broccoli.  I like to coat the vegetables and get the dressing into every nook and cranny.  Once it is well-combined, add the pasta, and stir around a bit.  Serve topped with vegan parmesan.

 

Thank you to Ugly Vegan Kitchen for this awesome recipe!