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gluten free Simple Healthy pasta salad recipe

Here’s a quick and easy gluten free pasta salad recipe for you!

You can make this pasta recipe come together in under 15 minutes! I love trying new recipes that are easy and include all the ingredients I have on hand at all the times.

Get ready to pasta-fy your taste buds with this gluten-free delight! Our chickpea-infused dish boasts a symphony of flavors, from the tanginess of black olives to the sweetness of sundried tomatoes. Topped with crunchy pine nuts and savory shallots, this pasta recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So grab a fork and get ready to indulge in a bowlful of Mediterranean-inspired goodness, all in the comfort of your own home.  

Make this for your lunch throughout the week, therefore you have no-cook lunches to worry about. Plus even add this to your kids lunches, everyone will eat it! 


  • 1 box of GF pasta
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 shallot
  • A handful of parsley
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives 
  • 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts

Sesame seed mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp of mustard 
  • 1 tbsp of sesame seed butter
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/2  tsp of salt 

Here are some potential substitutes for the ingredients in the recipe:

  • GF pasta: You could substitute regular wheat-based pasta if you don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet. Alternatively, you could try using pasta made from alternative flours such as brown rice, quinoa, or lentil.
  • Chickpeas: If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, you could try using white beans, black beans, or lentils instead. These legumes are also high in protein and add a nice texture to the dish.
  • Shallot: If you don’t have shallots on hand, you could substitute finely chopped onion or garlic. Alternatively, you could omit this ingredient altogether if you’re not a fan of either.
  • Parsley: You could substitute another herb such as basil or cilantro if you prefer. Or, if you don’t have any fresh herbs, you could try using dried herbs such as oregano or thyme.
  • Black olives: You could substitute green olives or kalamata olives if you prefer. Alternatively, you could try using capers or artichoke hearts for a similar salty flavor.
  • Sundried tomatoes: If you don’t have sundried tomatoes, you could use fresh cherry tomatoes or canned diced tomatoes instead. You could also substitute roasted red peppers for a similar flavor.
  • Pine nuts: You could substitute another type of nut such as sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, or pecans. Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds could also work as a nut-free alternative.

Simple healthy pasta salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A flavourful, quick and easy cold pasta salad recipe.


  • I box of GF pasta
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts

Sesame seed mustard Vinaigrette

– 1 tbsp of mustard
– 1 tbsp of sesame seed butter
– 3 tbsp of olive oil
– 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
– 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
– 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
-1 /2 tsp of salt


  1. Cook your pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain it, toss it with some olive oil, and set it aside to cool down, before adding it to your salad bowl.
  2. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.
  3. Toss all your ingredients together in a big salad bowl! Season to taste if needed and enjoy.

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