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Dill Pasta Salad with a Tahini Dressing

20 min




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.



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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


  • ½ cup (120 mL)
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
  • 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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  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!​


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

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Grains 51%

dry fusilli pasta

Proteins 17%

cooked chickpeas


Fruits & Veggies 32%

red bell pepper


fresh dill

kalamata olives

minced red onion

clove garlic

No significant sources of calcium

kalamata olives


olive oil

Nutrition info

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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 😃

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 :)