Are you wondering what you should bring to the backyard BBQ party? If so, make this creamy pasta salad with a southwestern twist everyone that will love. This dish is a two-step recipe and will only take you 20 minutes to make. All you need to do is cook the pasta, add the fresh veggies and beans, and combine the sauce. Even though this recipe is a creamy pasta salad, it's actually creamless and 100% vegan and you won't even be able to tell the difference. Serve your pasta in a summery white bowl with a pinch of salt on top!

Recipe Developer: Lenny, @vegamelon

Why we love it:  Pasta salad is a refreshing and filling summer dish that everyone loves. This recipe is made with veggies, a vegan cream sauce, and pasta--healthier than traditional pasta salads. Enjoy this recipe all summer long.

Make it for: A side dish you can bring to a party or make it for dinner. Kids especially love the taste of this pasta!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Creamy Southwestern Pasta Salad

Serves 3 people

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 8 oz pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced (or 2 cups cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (or one 14-oz can)
  • Stalks green onion, sliced (or 1/2 cup chopped cilantro)
  • Optional: 1 avocado, sliced

Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup vegan mayo or cream cheese
  • 1 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper + lime juice, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a jar, whisk together the sauce ingredients; add some water if needed for a thinner consistency.
  2. Combine with all the salad ingredients and toss well. Serve immediately.