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Dill Pasta Salad with a Tahini Dressing

20 min

Meal

Side

Salad

This pasta salad is filling, creamy, and loaded with flavour. Enjoy it as a side dish or meal - perfect for a picnic or as a to-go lunch.

Servings

Total

20 min

Prep

13 min

Cook

7 min

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Ingredients

Pasta salad

  • 3 cups (225 g)
    dry fusilli pasta
  • 1½ cups (278 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 2
    red bell peppers, chopped
  • ½
    cucumber, chopped
  • ¾ cup (12 g)
    fresh dill, stems removed, chopped
  • ½ cup (75 g)
    kalamata olives, halved
  • 3 Tbsp (30 g)
    minced red onion, or more to taste

Dressing

  • ½ cup (120 mL)
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    water
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp
    salt, plus more to taste

Optional garnish

  • fresh dill
  • lemon slices
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Directions

  1. Cook the pasta per packaging instructions until al dente. Once cooked, drain, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, cut the veggies.
  3. Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk. If the dressing is too thick, add an extra 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Taste test, and add more lemon juice, garlic, or salt if desired.
  4. To a large bowl, add all the salad ingredients and the dressing, tossing until everything is well combined. Enjoy!​

Storage

  • Store the dressing separately from the salad airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Grains & Starches 51%

dry fusilli pasta

Proteins 17%

cooked chickpeas

tahini

Fruits & Veggies 32%

red bell pepper

cucumber

fresh dill

kalamata olives

minced red onion

clove garlic

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

kalamata olives

tahini

olive oil

Nutrition info

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Rose - Jan. 23, 2022, 10:55 a.m.

So hard to find fresh dill around here. May I use dill weed? I got it in a jar from a store. Thanks :)


Dina Greenblatt - Jan. 20, 2022, 10:23 p.m.

I am absolutely obsessed with your website, and everything you do. Can't wait to try this recipe. It looks heaven!

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2022, 7:01 a.m.

Aw thanks Dina, and we hope you enjoy it!


Melanie - Jan. 19, 2022, 9:47 p.m.

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 :)

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2022, 4:58 a.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Melanie, thanks a bunch ✨


Charlotte - Jan. 18, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 6:27 p.m.

So happy to hear, Charlotte - we love batch prepping with this one too 😃


Noor - Jan. 18, 2022, 1:16 p.m.

Delicious!!


Michelle - Jan. 17, 2022, 4:53 p.m.

So delicious! It’s easy to make and is now one of my favourite lunches for work

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:40 a.m.

Woohoo! An incredible compliment, Michelle, thank you 😊


Lobke - Jan. 17, 2022, 12:37 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Jan. 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Awe it means so much that the recipe was enjoyed, Lobke - thank you!


Courtney - Jan. 17, 2022, 3:46 a.m.

The sauce is delicious! So simple but so amazing


Cecilia - Jan. 16, 2022, 9:44 p.m.

Yummy! Was surprised how good the tahini dressing was


Lydoa - Jan. 16, 2022, 6:55 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2022, 8:49 p.m.

So happy to hear, Lydoa, enjoy!


Amy - Jan. 15, 2022, 7:43 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

We're so glad the recipe is being enjoyed, Amy, and thank you for sharing it! It means so much :)


Haley - Jan. 14, 2022, 8:51 p.m.

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.

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 12:19 a.m.

Hey Haley, we appreciate the honest feedback! A sincere thank you for all of your hard work and contributions on the front line as well 💚 The addition of extra spices is a lovely idea to add more flavour. We also find that using fresh spices can help boost the flavour so that might be another area to explore if applicable 😊


Catherine - Jan. 13, 2022, 7:01 a.m.

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!

Cheers!

PUL Team - Jan. 13, 2022, 8:46 p.m.

Oh, Catherine, we appreciate it so much! A lovely idea to add the chickpeas and olives afterwards, it can be so easy to forget ingredients sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to share and wishing you all the best with your plant-forward journey 🌻


Justine - Jan. 11, 2022, 10:56 p.m.

This was delicious! Will be a staple of weekly lunch meal prep for sure. More pasta salad recipes please!

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 4:52 a.m.

Woop woop! We'll take note of the request, Justine 😃


Daria - Jan. 11, 2022, 7:41 p.m.

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 😍

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 4:45 a.m.

Aww we're smiling from ear to ear, Daria - so glad it's being enjoyed!


Judit - Jan. 10, 2022, 6:34 p.m.

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)

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 2:37 a.m.

A lovely modification, Judit! You can substitute the dill for another fresh herb if accessible such as basil, chives, or parsley if desired 🤗

Amy - Jan. 12, 2022, 6:21 a.m.

Fresh is better flavor but I always buy dried dill because I can never use the fresh before it goes bad. I would just make it ahead with dried so it can sit in the fridge for a while before eating. That way it has time for the flavors to meld. Btw I cannot wait to try this recipe! Sounds amazing!


Rivi - Jan. 10, 2022, 6:25 p.m.

Delicious! I love the unctuous tahini dressing and the freshness of the dill. Made it exactly as the recipe describes it.

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

So happy to hear, Rivi!


Lara - Jan. 10, 2022, 5:57 p.m.

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!!

PUL Team - Jan. 11, 2022, 5:11 p.m.

It means so much, Lara, thank you for taking the time to share 😊


Allie - Jan. 10, 2022, 5:54 a.m.

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…

PUL Team - Jan. 11, 2022, 6:12 a.m.

Woohoo! We hope you enjoy your lunches, Allie!


DANIELLE - Jan. 9, 2022, 11:26 p.m.

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.

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 3:35 a.m.

Hi there, Danielle, aw the kind words and support mean so much more than we can express! We're so grateful the PUL content is being enjoyed 🥰


Fadia - Jan. 9, 2022, 4:38 p.m.

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!💚

Fadia - Jan. 9, 2022, 4:40 p.m.

Dried herbs*
Never cease to amaze us. Good job as always 🙈

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Awe we're so happy to hear, Fadia, thank you! Additional herbs sound lovely too 😃


Sanjana - Jan. 9, 2022, 1:58 p.m.

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! :)

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:42 a.m.

Hey there, Sanjana, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with this one! Sriracha is a delicious idea to add some kick 😍


Nadika - Jan. 8, 2022, 6:11 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 1:24 a.m.

So incredible to hear, Nadika - thank YOU for the kind words 🤗


Manca - Jan. 8, 2022, 5:16 p.m.

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

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 1:17 a.m.

Mmm basil sounds delicious. We're so glad it was enjoyed, Manca!


Martha - Jan. 8, 2022, 1:10 a.m.

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 :)

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

Oh, Martha, thank you for taking the time to share the glowing feedback! It means so much that the website is being enjoyed 😊


Archana - Jan. 7, 2022, 8:21 p.m.

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

PUL Team - Jan. 7, 2022, 9:38 p.m.

Sounds delicious, Archana! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share 😊


Linda - Oct. 16, 2021, 4:49 p.m.

My kids love this for school packed lunch. It's great to make a batch and last a few days.

PUL Team - Oct. 17, 2021, 2:23 a.m.

So glad your little ones are enjoying it, Linda, do let us know if you have any feedback 😃

Linda - Oct. 25, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

My only comment with this, is that it’s beautiful when newly made but I find it dries up the next day. Not sure what would be best to add to loosen it up for future days.

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 3:12 a.m.

Hey Linda, we'd recommend storing the dressing separately from the pasta and veggies, and stir it in the day you're ready to enjoy it to keep it saucy and delicious 😋


Jennifer L - Aug. 12, 2021, 11:36 p.m.

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

PUL Team - Aug. 13, 2021, 2:06 a.m.

Love the sub, Jennifer, and so glad the pasta salad is being enjoyed!


Julia - July 26, 2021, 6:17 a.m.

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.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback, Julia, it means so much more than we can express 🥰


Christina - July 25, 2021, 6:27 p.m.

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!


Meg - July 25, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

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!!)

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 5:20 p.m.

We're so thrilled you enjoyed the dressing and the pasta salad was saved, Meg! Thank you for sharing the review 😊


Lou - July 25, 2021, 10:50 a.m.

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 !

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:19 a.m.

We appreciate this SO much, Lou! It means so much to hear you're enjoying the new site and PUL recipes 🥰


Dot - July 9, 2021, 11:20 p.m.

Just made it. It is glorious :)


Lacy - July 8, 2021, 10:07 p.m.

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

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

Oh, Lacy, this review means so much! We're so happy you're enjoying the PUL content. Much love back to Los Angeles 💖


Rincy Cyriac - July 8, 2021, 5:45 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 9:37 p.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the salad, Rincy! 😃


Dagmar - June 16, 2021, 6:50 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - June 18, 2021, 1:57 a.m.

We love the idea of subbing part of the tahini for cashew butter! Thanks a bunch for sharing, Dagmar 🤗


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:37 p.m.

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.

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

Thank you for the review and idea to reduce the tahini, Cris! Trying a less bitter nut or seed butter, such as sunflower seed butter, may be another idea if you give the recipe another try and aren't a fan of tahini 😊


Stephanie - May 29, 2021, 8:49 p.m.

Yum! So easy and easy to pack for events away from home. So good!!!

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 8:37 a.m.

Woohoo! Thank you for the lovely review, Stephanie 🤗


Jana - May 23, 2021, 5:02 p.m.

Wow this pasta salad is the boss! Sooo tasty! Thank you Sadia. You are the best 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 7:38 a.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Jana, thank you! 🥰


Lada - April 21, 2021, 6:24 a.m.

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! :)

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 3:03 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Lada! So glad to hear :)