Red Lentil Pasta Salad

I’ve been craving a good pasta salad lately, and this Red Lentil Pasta Salad recipe is full of zesty summer flavor! It’s vegan & gluten-free, so perfect for just about any eater!

large serving bowl of lentil pasta salad

What’s your favorite summer salad? Since we just celebrated the 4th of July last week, we enjoyed my watermelon feta orzo salad with arugula. But it got me thinking of other end of summer salads we love, and pasta salad always comes to mind!

I decided to make a lentil pasta salad recipe that is vegan and gluten-free thanks to the red lentil pasta noodles so everyone can enjoy it! Made with banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, artichoke and topped with an Italian herb-infused dressing – delish!

Gluten Free Pasta Salad

If you avoid gluten in your diet, replicating the texture of traditional pasta can be hard. The gluten proteins give pasta the texture we’re familiar with. However, there are alternatives! More food brands are creating gluten-free options with lentils, beans and potatoes. Lentil noodles hold well together while cooking and the texture, while different than traditional pasta, isn’t too noticeably different. Here are some ideas if you’re in need of gluten-free pasta options!

Besides the obvious red lentil noodles, gluten-free products are being made from chickpeas, peas, other types of lentils, potatoes, rice, quinoa flour and more!

Keep in mind, if you don’t need to avoid gluten for medical or dietary reasons, there’s no benefit to adopting a gluten-free diet. Many people get the impression from the media that a gluten-free diet is “healthy” but that’s just a bunch of marketing hype to get people to spend $$$

Eat gluten-free options because you’re interested to try something different, truly enjoy the food or need to for medical or dietary reasons.

Make the Pasta Salad Vegan

This lentil pasta salad recipe is vegan too, so no dairy is added. However, if you love cheese like me, you can always adjust the recipe for your taste buds.

But if you’re looking for a dairy-free pasta salad, this will do the trick! It’s flavorful and delicious without the dairy!

The homemade imitation Italian dressing adds a savory touch to the zesty and tart flavors of the artichoke and banana peppers, making this recipe like a vegan Italian pasta salad.

close up of spoon holding red lentil noodles, artichoke, banana peppers and sun-dried tomatoes

How to Make the Recipe

Cook the red lentil pasta according to package instructions. I like cooking it al dente so it’s not mushy and has a bit of chew to it. Next, add all the other ingredients into a large bowl and mix well with the red lentil pasta noodles.

For the Italian herb infused dressing, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, garlic powder, salt, pepper and dried Italian herbs. Pour over the pasta salad bowl and mix well.

Chill the lentil pasta salad until you’re ready to serve it! The longer the pasta sits, the more the Mediterranean flavors will come out.

Recipe FAQ and Tips

Do the red lentil noodles fall apart when cooking?

I have found when I cook with lentil noodles, they hold together well. The texture is different than traditional pasta, but not super noticeable.

How long can I store the pasta salad?

It’s best to eat the salad within a week from making it. My personal preference is within 5 days as the noodles start to lose their structure around then.

Red Lentil Pasta Salad

This easy Red Lentil Pasta Salad recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Dressed in an Italian herb dressing and full of Mediterranean flavor!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword gluten free, pasta, red lentil, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Monica Nedeff

Ingredients

Red Lentil Pasta Salad

  • 8.8 oz red lentil pasta
  • 1 cup sliced banana peppers
  • 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can drained chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 15 oz can of drained quartered artichokes in brine

Italian Herb Infused Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Red Lentil Pasta Salad

  • Cook the red lentil pasta noodles al dente according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, add the drained artichokes, chickpeas, diced red onion, banana peppers and sun-dried tomatoes to the cooked red lentil pasta.

Italian Herb Infused Dressing

  • Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dried Italian herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the pasta salad and stir well.

Notes

  1. Serve the pasta salad cold. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the salad will be. 
  2. If you don’t have dried Italian herb seasoning, you can make your own by mixing dried thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and basil.

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