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Avocado pasta salad

Avocado pasta salad is an easy and healthy side dish for dinner, cookouts and parties. It's super creamy and filled with veggies and it's also vegan, gluten free and dairy free!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, pasta salad, pesto
Servings: 14 people
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients

For the avocado dressing:

  • 4 cups lightly packed spinach stemmed
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 avocados cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 Tablepsoons of water

For the pasta:

  • 16 ounces gluten free pasta I used banza chickpea Rotini
  • 4 ears of corn kernels removed from the cobb
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup red onion chopped
  • 1 avocado pitted and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions - I cooked 16 oz pasta in 4 Qts water with 1 tablespoon salt and boiled 8-9 minutes for the Banza pasta. About 4 minutes before pasta is done cooking, add the corn to the boiling water and pasta and cook for 4 minutes until corn is crisp. Rinse corn and pasta under running cold water to chill pasta. Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine half of the spinach, 3 roughly halved avocados, lemon juice, garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Pulse until blended then add 2 cups of spinach and blend until creamy and smooth. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the mixture is too thick. Stop to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Add avocado sauce to pasta bowl and toss with a wooden spoon to coat the pasta and corn. Add the halved tomatoes, chopped avocado, red onion, chives, salt and pepper. Toss salad together until evenly coated. Season to taste with more salt and black pepper. Chill for one hour then serve same day.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Fiber: 14.8g | Sugar: 8.3g