3 cups (225 g)dry fusilli pasta
2red bell peppers
¾ cup (12 g)fresh dill
½ cup (68 g)kalamata olives
¼medium red onion, minced, plus more to taste
1½ cups (246 g)cooked chickpeas
½ cup (120 mL)
⅓ cup (80 mL)water
1¼lemon , juiced
2cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp (15 mL)olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL)red wine vinegar
1 tsp (2 g)ground cumin
1 tsp (2 g)paprika powder
¼ tspsalt, plus more to taste
Make your own
- Cook the pasta per packaging instructions until al dente, about 8 minutes. Then drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, chop the bell peppers, cucumber, dill, olives, and mince the red onion.
- Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk. If the dressing is too thick, add a splash of water. Taste test, and add more lemon juice, garlic, or salt if desired.
- To a large bowl, add all the salad ingredients. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat. Garnish as desired. Enjoy!
- Store the dressing separately from the salad in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Let us know what you think
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Grains & Starches 49%
• dry fusilli pasta
• cooked chickpeas
Fruits & Veggies 35%
• red bell pepper
• fresh dill
• kalamata olive
• medium red onion
• clove garlic
CalciumNo significant sources of calcium
• kalamata olive
• olive oil
Nutrition per serving
Calories 571 kcal
|Total fat||24.3 g|
|Saturated fat||3.5 g|
|Trans fat||0.0 g|
|Total carbs||73.8 g|
|Dietary fiber||11.4 g|
|Total sugars||8.3 g|
|Added sugars||0.0 g|
|Vitamin A||125 μg RAE|
|Vitamin B6||0.5 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0 μg|
|Vitamin C||87.2 mg|
|Vitamin D||0 μg|
|Vitamin E||2.3 mg|
|Vitamin K||21 μg|
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I made a load of this for my lunches this week and I love it! So wholesome and filling - I added a bit of vegan mayo to it to make the sauce go further. Will be making again for sure!
Usually I love all your recipes but this one was just not it. Maybe I just don't like dill (first time I've had it), but with the dill and the combination of everything thing else I just couldn't stomach this dish. I took like five bites and after that I had to throw it away. If you don't like dill I would not recommend you make this.
Sooo, delicious. Again. I really love your recipes: the flavours, colours, fully packed with veggies and proteins, but also the ingedrient measurements (cups and metric)... as well as photos and video support. 💛
i’ve made this i think four times now and wow. it’s great for meal prepping for the week! so many of my friends love it. it makes a lot of servings too. highly recommend!
Love this. So easy and so flavourful. Thanks 😊
I loooove this salad. It became one of my favorite soul-foods! And It's quick to make and lasts long, so it's perfect for food-prepping for stressful weeks<3<3<3
It never occurred to me to add tahini to pasta but now I'm never going back. It is so creamy and wholesome. I love it!
This salad is seriously addictive. I've made it multiple times now and I even once eaten the whole thing of 4 servings in one sitting 🙃
I made this pasta dish and it is one of my all time favorites - the dressing is everything!
I shared it with my non plant based friends and they agree, this is a must try!
Made this for a picnic and it was a huge hit! Delicious and really easy to make, thanks so much for the recipe ❤️
Thank you for this delicious salad! I made it today with green olives and it was absolutely delicious -all stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thank you so much for this recipe. It's really simple to make and delicious!!!
This recipe really deserves 5 stars. Healthy, quick and filling. Also perfect for meal-prep!
This is hands down my favorite pasta salad recipe. Looooove the Mediterranean flavors (everything works so well together) and will add this tahini dressing to all my salads in the future. The only change I made is doubling the olives and cutting back on the bell pepper, only cause I’m obsessed with olives. Thanks so much pick up limes for this delicious recipe!
Had to add this to my meal prep list this week because it looked too good and we had all ingredients. We really like the dressing too.
I am learning that these servings are very generous though- I think next time I’ll use only 2 cups dry pasta. In the meantime, lots of yummy leftovers is not a problem.
Absolutely perfect and a way for me to incorporate fresh dill into my diet.
Sooo good!! Thanks for sharinh all the substitutes- really helpful!
I added carrots for a bit of crunch too 😋
Love your site btw! Most interactive and easiest to follow. Thank you!!
This recipe is the meal-prep champion I've been looking for! Not only was it incredibly easy to make but it's such a clever way to get plenty of veggies in on my mid-day meal. I swapped whole-wheat pasta for chickpea pasta for my first batch. :) Definitely planning on bringing this to family bbqs in the future! Thanks so much PUL team!
Perfect refreshing meal on a warm sunshiny day!
I love the pasta salad, but the dressing turned out to be a little too sour (too much lemon juice). Also the tahini taste overruled everything. However I used the right amounts of the ingrediënt. How can I make it less sour?
A delicious pasta salad recipe and very easy to throw together. I use red lentil pasta to boost the protein content.
So yummy. My favorite pasta salad recipe, i make it frequently!
LOVED this meal. So fresh and great for summer! Next time I’ll add more cucumbers and less onions. Definitely make this!
One of our favourites for mealprep lunch
Hi! Would it still taste good without the red wine vinegar? I’m not able to eat vinegars of all sorts. Thank you!
Extremely delicious and flavorful, plus it comes together super quick! A family favorite and will be making the rotation during summer gatherings!
This is my absolute favorite pasta salad! It's so easy to make and everyone always loves it. I love meal prepping this salad for work as well.
I make this almost every week for my non-vegan family and they love it! Perfect this time of year with fresh dill from the garden.
I love to make this pasta salad and take to share on a picnic! Definitely a crowd pleaser.
I love this salad! It's super delicious and easy to make!
Apologies in advance; I'm the annoying person who always comments on recipes asking for a substitute for the bell peppers due to allergies! Do you think cherry/grape tomatoes would work well as a substitute in this recipe? I'm keen to try this with high-protein pasta as I think it'd make a very satisfying lunch. 😊
This was nearly perfect but I think I needed a few more spices or a different one. The cumin gave it a bit of a more bitter taste than I wanted. I kept adding more salt to taste, and fresh ground pepper, but I think using a replacement for cumin might be better for me. Any recommendations on what would work? Everything else about it I loved, so I'd still recommend anyone trying this--there was just a teeny bit missing for me and I can't place it. Love the channel and the site! Look forward to eating ALL THE THINGS!
Loved this salad! It's so filling and yummy, the tahini sauce adds such a great flavor to the veggies and pasta!
Just made this for lunch and wow!! I loved it! I recently started to add dill to my meals and this recipe is perfect!! I also used chickpea pasta for this recipe since I didn't have chickpeas on hand! But still so good!!
Hi I am going to make this tonight, but I do not have dill. Is it ok if I use some other herb like parsley?
This is an amazing recipe, so much so we pretty much have it on a weekly basis for lunches. Usually I add in some extra salad veggies (whatever we have in the fridge) but leave out the olives (Husband not a fan) and the red onion (I'm not a fan) - Super super tasty and so easy and simple to throw together ready for the next day. Highly recommend :D
Yummy. Next time I'll add less vinegar, but that's a matter of taste. It was delicious and this tahini dressing will be used with other ingredients too :D
Prepped this for my lunch this week. I used edamame pasta. Love the ease in making it and it is quite a filling lunch. I did add more lemon. Bright and delicious.
Superb! A tip is to make the dressing in a jar, shake it to combine and then it's ready to store :)
I made this pasta salad with some crushed nuts instead of chickpeas, it's very delicious:D I really enjoyed the flavor of the tahini dressing. Thank you!
Lovely recipe! Can I take this to work/school? Do i have to refrigerate it? Thank you!
A delicious salad! I didn't have chickpeas but put in edamame beans instead and used fennel, mint and coriander for herbs. Thank you!!
I love this salad, although I altered it some! I’m not an olive fan, and my boyfriend doesn’t care for chickpeas, so we did artichoke hearts and white beans. Great stuff.
I live in S Florida, USA and it's always hot here except for 2-3 weeks, maybe 4 if we're having serious cold fronts. 😆 so I am always looking for refreshing meals. This was absolutely one of my favorite that I've done now twice and about to do again. I share with my family who is not vegan and they love it. Thank you for putting all this content out there. I use to hate the kitchen and now I'm starting to see the appeal :)
I made this for my husband and me and we ate it for lunch for days without tiring. It was delicious!!
Amazing recepie!! Loved it🥰
The dressing is delicious and very versatile! It makes it very easy to adapt and adjust the pasta salad for taste and available ingredients.
Our daughter made this recipe and that was absolutely delicious!!! The sauce was creamy and so unusual ! We ate this dish twice this week !! And we're not tired of it !
hello PUL ! I wanted to make this recipe for lunch today but I only have almond butter left, and I'm afraid the taste will be weird ? What do you think ?
So so so soooooo good. Fresh and nutty. Definitely a great recipe! Thank you for sharing it :)
Love this super simple wholesome and delicious salad so much! It's so quick and easy to make and the tahini dressing is truly fantastic! Thank you so much Sadia. 😘
Hi Pick Up Limes team,
This dish looks so wonderful, but I don't have fresh dill at this moment.
Can I use dried dill instead? And if yes, how much dry dill should I substitute for fresh dill?
Best regards :)
Didn’t have any dill, but still delicious! My teenager even approves!
Do you have any recommendations for a nut/ seed butter that can be used instead of tahini? This looks delicious but I'm allergic to sesame :(
I also just prepared the salad and haven't consider using dill for so long. I guess, I'll use it more often from now on :)
Made this salad today and it was outstanding! Explosion of flavor in your mouth… Everyone loved it!
So hard to find fresh dill around here. May I use dill weed? I got it in a jar from a store. Thanks :)
I am absolutely obsessed with your website, and everything you do. Can't wait to try this recipe. It looks heaven!
I substituted the cucumber for zucchini and added halved cherry tomatoes. So good, my 7 year old son had 3 helpings!! Thank you for the inspiration :)
I usually prefer pasta warm than cold/room temperature but this pasta salad is so so good! I find it makes a brilliant meal prep for future days (dressing stored seperately of course) and the addition of kalamata olives is a real bonus. Love the colours, love the flavours!
So delicious! It’s easy to make and is now one of my favourite lunches for work
yesterday I made this for me and my family. it was easy to make! we enjoyed it so so much! this morning we all fought to take the leftovers to work/school. thank you for this amazing recipe!
The sauce is delicious! So simple but so amazing
Yummy! Was surprised how good the tahini dressing was
This is so delicious and will be a go-to lunch for us! I just finished a bowl and should probably have another…
Thanks for a great recipe!
Yum! Love the tahini as I am always on the lookout for ways to use it. Ended up sending it to my mom telling to to make it! Thank you!
I had to add some spices to keep this from being a little bland for me but it was still an easy recipe to adjust to my taste. It provided me with a quick, easy lunch for a number of days and left me feeling good. Super important as I am an ICU nurse and feeling good after a meal helps me with the long hours and mental demand. Thanks for the recipe. I will be making again.
Oh my goodness this was delicious! This is the first recipe of yours that I have made despite the fact I save nearly all of them. I’m trying to be more “plant forward” this year and I enjoy your recipes. I was a little hesitant about tahini but since most of my vegan content creators use this I had to try it. Amazing! Funny thing however, I forgot the chickpeas and the olives! The two ingredients I was most excited about. I’ll just add them when I dish up my bowl for lunch tomorrow. Next time I will use the check off feature on the site when I make this again. I didn’t read the part that mentioned to store the dressing separately. I hope it’s still good tomorrow
A couple of adjustments I made (besides forgetting the chickpeas and olives) is I made it with chickpea pasta and left out the oil since I’m trying to cook oil free. The chickpea pasta was wonderful!
This was delicious! Will be a staple of weekly lunch meal prep for sure. More pasta salad recipes please!
Wow - made this today and fell totally in love with it! I'm a fan of pasta salads as they're usually quick to toss together, and this one is no different. The flavour it gets from the sauce is unreal - it might just become my new go-to 😍
Sadly couldnt find fresh dill, but tried it without and that was already a succes. Very yummy and will definitely try with dill (if i can find in the future)
Delicious! I love the unctuous tahini dressing and the freshness of the dill. Made it exactly as the recipe describes it.
I’m always so impressed by the meals from PUL. They seem so simple and easy but are loaded with flavor and this pasta is no different! Soooo yummy!!
Made this as a tester to see if I would like it , you know the saying it looks better then it taste 👅 But not this OMG 😳 it was delish!! Now I know what I’m prepping for lunch for the next 4 days…
Loved it, even hubby commented on how good it was, as he thinks Vegan food can’t be tasty, so we may have a convert. Keep posting lunch time recipes as brilliant for working people . Can wait until you develop an app.
Thank you Sadia for all the time an effort you put in to developing these meals. Truly gifted.
Just did this recipe like 5 minutes ago. It’s so so good. I really try to eat plant based as much as possible and this was amazing. I added basil and chilli powder as well as some other fried herbs and it’s so good. It’s also incredibly easy.
Love everything you do!💚
Tried this out for Sunday lunch with my family, and it was so simple, yet refreshing. I mildly sauted the bell peppers before adding them to the salad since I do not like them raw, but even otherwise was such a simple yet satiating and delicious lunch. As with everything else I eat, however, a little dash of sriracha made it divine! :)
Easy, delicious, and budget friendly! I really enjoyed how versatile this recipe is. We had almost all of the ingredients already in our fridge/ pantry which was awesome! Thank you PUL Team!
I made this pasta salad with basil today for lunch and it tasted amazing. Looking forward to making it with fresh dill as soon as I figure out where to get it.
This was also my first time having the tahini dressing and I loved it. Thank you for the recipe <3
So this is not a comment on the recipe, though I have no doubt it will be amazing, but on the website. This is the cleanest, most functional recipe website I have ever seen!! Even the ad placement is so subtle, it didn't annoy me like 99% of all other websites. Everything you guys do is of such amazing quality :)
I love pasta salad but I have never made it before I saw this recipe yesterday, made it today for lunch, I only had chickpea pasta, also added some dijon and edamame, gotta say it was amazing 😻
☺️ thanks for this yum recipe
My kids love this for school packed lunch. It's great to make a batch and last a few days.
This is my go-to easy dish when I’m heading to a cottage or a party. It always impresses everyone including those who eat meat! I’m not a big olive lover so I swap those for chopped pickles and I add chopped grape tomatoes too
So refreshing and delicious! There's no video for this recipe but it isn't hard at all, anybody can do this. I would recommend it to anyone who loves pasta salad or tahini-inspired flavors - it's the perfect blend. I honestly don't eat pasta salads ever but this I will definitely make over and over. ALSO, this new site is AMAZING, just had to point that out.
I was a little wary of mixing tahini with pasta salad, but this really works so well! I've meal-prepped this for lunch a few times, and I totally recommend trying it out. Thanks for another great salad recipe!
While I can't speak for the entire salad recipe, I have to say this recipe's dressing saved what was about to be a pasta salad disaster! I was making a pasta salad (my first time ever) to take to a friend's for a grill-out and had made the entire salad part, but when it came to the dressing it was 50% sugar and 50% mayonnaise and 100% disgusting. I'm not sure why our American pasta salads feel the need to be SO unhealthy. Luckily, I know I can always count on Sadia and her amazing team to have something that is sure to be not only incredibly delicious, but also nutritious. This pasta sauce is really good and saved the dish! (Thanks, team!!)
We are using your recipes for our meal prep each week. We are so happy with all of your recipes, this one is perfect for summer. We love your new site, it is very feature packed. Congrats !
Just made it. It is glorious :)
I learned from the iced coffee episode that many comments were lost when you launched this amazing new website! So I'm adding one here to let you know that we LOVE this pasta salad. Your recipes were truly a lifeline to me and my husband when we decided to go vegan back in 2016. As I'm looking through this new site and all the new recipes since then, I just can't believe that such a beautiful and free resource exists! Thanks for all you do to bring health to our homes and communities, Sadia. Much love, Lacy in Los Angeles
The simplicity of the preparation of this meal is what made me try it out. Simple and yet delicious! I have very fond memories of trying this recipe with my housemates. We even added diced apples and was yummmm!
What a lovely summer evening dinner! We are not a big fan of tahini so we swapped half of it for cashew butter (home made as you taught me). It resulted in a very creamy, protein-rich dressing. Thanks for this tasty recipe!
I find I'm not a big fan of the bitterness of tahini so if I were to make it another time I'd reduce that ingredient to a tablespoon maybe.
Yum! So easy and easy to pack for events away from home. So good!!!
Wow this pasta salad is the boss! Sooo tasty! Thank you Sadia. You are the best 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
This pasta salad is superb, and so easy to make! I used chickpea pasta for a gluten-free twist and added extra dill, and wow, it's just perfectly and delightfully nourishing. This recipe will definitely be a new staple for me! :)