Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad (Paleo, Dairy-free)

We love how dang EASY this Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad is! If you want an easy summer side or main dish that is delicious without a lot of work – you’ve found it. Such a flavorful dish that comes together quickly. Perfect to take to a summer potluck or bbq, or for just an easy lunch or dinner option.

Why We Love This Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad

First, we love how quick and easy it is to make! Simply boil some pasta, dice some veggies, and toss with dressing. WOOT for easy nourishing options!

Second, this salad is allergen-friendly. Not only is it gluten-free, it’s also dairy-free, nut-free, with Paleo, vegan, and Keto options. So nice to have a dish that works for whoever is coming to your bbq!

Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad - Paleo, dairy-free, with plant-based and vegan options. EASY dinner or side dish to take to a bbq or potluck. Great meal prep or summer meal!

Third, it stays good in the fridge for up to a week. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and eat it for lunch through out – perfect for meal prep! Or, if you are going to or hosting an event, make it ahead of time for less stress the day-of. 

Finally, we love how incredibly flavorful this dish is. I’ll say it – I don’t love pasta. It just doesn’t excite me. I also don’t love olives or pepperoncini that are in this salad. But, the combination of flavors in this dish is spot on perfection!

Ingredients

  • Pasta – Choose a pasta that works for your dietary needs. Need a Paleo and grain-free pasta? Use a cassava flour pasta such as Jovial Cassava Flour Pasta. Just need a gluten-free pasta? We love Banza pasta, which you can find at Walmart. It is made from chickpeas and has an added 11g of protein per serving. I also recommend Banza if you are making this pasta salad vegan, as it will add a plant-based protein boost.
  • Tomatoes – You can use 1 cup diced tomatoes of your choice or 10 oz grape or cherry tomatoes. I prefer my tomatoes diced, but you do you!
  • Cucumber 
  • Green bell pepper – Can sub another bell pepper of a different color, if desired.
  • Olives – Sliced black olives like these ones.

Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad - Paleo, dairy-free, with plant-based and vegan options. EASY dinner or side dish to take to a bbq or potluck. Great meal prep or summer meal!

  • Pepperocini – Don’t skip the flavor of these peppers in your salad! I don’t love them on their own, but they are perfect in this salad. I get mine in a jar in the salad aisle of most grocery stores, like these at Walmart. 
  • Fresh basil – I use dried herbs whenever I can for budget reasons. But, this is a time when the fresh herbs are a must! 
  • Red onion
  • Deli meat – Use 1 pound combination of ham, prosciutto, salami, or pepperoni. I love using Applegate Ham, pepperoni, or salami. Need a plant-based or vegan option? Use two cans of drained and rinsed chickpeas instead! 
  • Dressing – Save money by making your own EASY Italian Dressing (recipe below). Or, if you want a store-bought version, Primal Kitchen has one that is Paleo and Whole30 compatible. 

Whole30 Easy Italian Dressing - 10-minutes, no blending! Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Keto, plant-based, and vegan. Budget-friendly!

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • While pasta is cooking, chop the veggies. I prefer my veggies chopped small, chopped salad style. Add all the ingredients except the pasta and dressing to a large bowl.
  • Make dressing if using the homemade dressing.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and cool. Once cool, add pasta to the large bowl. Add dressing and stir until well combined.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad - Paleo, dairy-free, with plant-based and vegan options. EASY dinner or side dish to take to a bbq or potluck. Great meal prep or summer meal!

Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad - Paleo, dairy-free, with plant-based and vegan options. EASY dinner or side dish to take to a bbq or potluck. Great meal prep or summer meal!

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Gluten-free Italian Pasta Salad

An EASY quick summer dinner or side to bring to a party! Stays great for days, perfect for meal prep.

Course Main Course, Salad, Side DishCuisine ItalianKeyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, main dish, nut-free, paleo, plant-based, vegan

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 10 cups
Calories 265kcal
Author Autumn @wholefoodfor7

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pasta of choice, cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes or 6 oz cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, finely chopped about 1 1/2-2 cups
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and finely chopped about 1 cup
  • 1 2.25oz can black sliced olives
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped or thinly sliced about 1 cup
  • 1 cup jarred sliced peperoncini, chopped
  • 1 pound deli meat of choice such as ham, prosciutto, salami, or pepperoni; chopped I love half ham, half pepperoni. See notes for vegan.
  • 1/2 cup+ Italian dressing see below for easy homemade recipe!

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • While pasta is cooking, chop the veggies. I prefer my veggies chopped small, chopped salad style. Add all the ingredients except the pasta and dressing to a large bowl.
  • Make dressing if using the homemade dressing.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and cool. Once cool, add pasta to the large bowl. Add dressing and stir until well combined. Add additional dressing to taste, if desired.
  • Keep cold in the fridge until ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

See “Ingredient” section of blog post above for substitutions and links to preferred products. 
VEGAN: Leave out the deli meat and use two cans rinsed and drained chickpeas or other favorite beans of choice.
Nutrition information is calculated using chickpea Banza pasta, a great low-carb gluten-free option with extra protein!

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 4mg

 

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Whole30 Italian Dressing

THE easiest dressing for a lot of flavor without a lot of work. Eggless and no blending!

Course SauceCuisine ItalianKeyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, nut-free, paleo, plant-based, vegan, whole30

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 6 2-tablespoon servings (about 1 cup)
Calories 327kcal
Author Autumn @wholefoodfor7

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium jar, such as a mason jar. Whisk to combine and serve. Yup, that's it! I told you it was easy ; ).

Notes

Note: This dressing will separate naturally between uses or in the fridge. Just shake or whisk to combine before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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