This pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes will satisfy any pasta cravings. It’s a fun colorful new way to enjoy a pasta dish filled with chickpeas, veggies, and a flavorful buffalo sauce.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes

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5 from 3 votes

DIFFICULTY / TIME

Easy / 40 minutes

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May 5, 2021

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Craving a comforting dish yet don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen? Say hello to this pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes. This recipe takes just 15 minutes to prep and the remaining time is roasting the cauliflower in the oven.

All you need to do is boil the pasta, julienne carrots, stir up the sauce, and toss it all together. Then throw it all in a bowl and top with the dressing. And the dressing has a nice touch of spice.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes Ingredients

PASTA SALAD INGREDIENTS

This pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes is totally dairy-free and it’s different from other pasta dishes I have on the A Kind Spoon website.

Here’s what I used:

  • Cauliflower when roasted tastes delish! And adds in veggies without even realizing it.
  • Buffalo Sauce is the secret ingredient to this seriously satisfying dish. I used Frank’s Buffalo sauce in this pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes recipe yet any buffalo sauce works well.
  • Garlic powder pairs brilliantly with the buffalo sauce.
  • Pasta. I used a spiral pasta but any macaroni pasta can work too.
  • Chickpeas are a fun addition and extra source of protein.
  • Carrot gives this pasta salad a beautiful orange color.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes give this dish a pop of color.
  • Tahini helps thicken this recipe’s sauce and pairs well with the buffalo sauce.

HOW TO MAKE

Preheat the oven to 400 F / 204 C. You can line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Add a dash of salt to the water.

In a large mixing bowl, add in the cauliflower, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder. Give it a stir so that everything is well combined.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes

Transfer the cauliflower mixture to the lined baking tray. Spread so that the mixture is in a single layer. Cook for 25 minutes in the oven until lightly brown.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes

Once the pot of water is boiling, add in the pasta and cook according to the package’s instructions. Rinse the cooked pasta in cold water. Set aside.

While the cauliflower mixture is cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a bowl. Give it a stir until well combined. If the tahini is thick, you can add a tablespoon of water.

For serving, add the pasta, cauliflower mixture, sun-dried tomatoes, and coriander to a bowl. Take a spoonful of the dressing and place on top.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes

Enjoy this pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes for a weeknight dinner and then again as a delicious lunch.

More Easy Meal Ideas

If you liked this pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, you’ll love my sesame noodles recipe. It uses another flavorful sauce and is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

Pasta Salad Sun Dried Tomatoes

5 from 3 votes
This pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes will satisfy any pasta cravings. Enjoy a fun pasta dish filled with chickpeas, veggies, and a flavorful buffalo sauce.
GUIDE
Course Main Course
Cuisine healthy
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 3 tablespoon buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces pasta (I used a spiral pasta but any macaroni pasta can work too)
  • 1 cup chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 carrot julienned
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cashews (optional)
  • Cilantro / coriander for topping

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F / 204 C. You can line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Add a dash of salt to the water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the cauliflower, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder. Give it a stir so that everything is well combined.
  • Transfer the cauliflower mixture to the lined baking tray. Spread so that the mixture is in a single layer. Cook for 25 minutes in the oven until lightly brown.
  • Once the pot of water is boiling, add in the pasta and cook according to the package’s instructions. Rinse the cooked pasta in cold water. Set aside.
  • While the cauliflower mixture is cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a bowl. Give it a stir until well combined. If the tahini is thick, you can add a tablespoon of water.
  • For serving, add the pasta, cauliflower mixture, sun-dried tomatoes, and coriander to a bowl. Take a spoonful of the dressing and place on top.
NOTES

Notes

The cilantro / coriander and sun-dried tomatoes help give the dish more color. This can help it look and feel even more inspiring.
You can also roast cashews or nuts in a pan on the stove top until lightly brown. This will give the dish a nice little crunch.
NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 425calCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 18gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 884mgPotassium: 1011mgFiber: 10gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1355IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 4mg
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