Menu of the Week: Vegan Tahini Basil Pasta Salad Recipe

As always, many thanks to Cheryl for temporarily housing the Gluten Free Menu Swap at her blog. This week I believe that Cheryl is also hosting the swap. You can find more great menus with Org Junkie.

Sunday: Continental Vegetarian
Nicoise Potato Salad
Tom Tom Tofu
Broccoli Salad

Monday: Indian
Masala Dosa with coconut and green chutney

Wednesday: Mexican
Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas

Friday: Indian
Red Beans and Rice/ Vegetarian Indian Rajma Red Bean “Chili” and Rice

Salad of the Week
This week I thought I’d share a very easy Vegan Tahini Pasta salad I made for a quick lunch. Recently I’ve been obsessed with the Trader Joe’s Tahini sauce. It’s got very simple ingredients- tahini, olive oil, lemon, garlic and salt, I think.. and doesn’t have one of those dread “produced cuddling wheat” info statements. Some of their stuff doesn’t agree with me, but the tahini sauce hasn’t bothered me in the slightest, so I think it is pretty safe. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can do a search for a simple tahini sauce and go from there.

Vegan Tomato Basil Tahini Corn Pasta Salad
Ingredients
1 serving Mrs. leepers GF corn rotelli pasta, freshly prepared and rinsed lightly.
1 tbsp. or more Trader Joe’s Tahini Sauce
1 tsp. or more olive oil
1/2 tsp. lemon, lime juice OR apple cider vinegar
handful grape tomatoes, halved and salted lightly if you like
1/4 fresh red or yellow sweet pepper or 2 mini ones, diced
handful fresh basil, julienned
1/8 avocado, cubed
1 tsp. pine nuts, toasted or not, to taste(optional)
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
Directions
Whisk together tahini sauce, olive oil and citrus juice or apple cider vinegar. Increase proportions to taste.

Toss pasta with fresh veggies (up to pine nuts if using). drizzle with sauce and combine until evenly distributed. season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Notes
Add any of your favorite fresh veggies as you like!

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5 Responses to “Menu of the Week: Vegan Tahini Basil Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. ooh, I can’t wait until basil is season around these parts. Nothing really compares to the flavor!
    have a great week.

  2. [...] everyone else? Sea shares a creamy pasta dish with a lovely looking tahini and basil sauce, and there’s a great East Indian Chili on the [...]

  3. Ooops! I thought you were hosting! I should change that on my blog! LOL! It is March 9, right? She had you hosting this week with “nuts” as the theme.

  4. Hi Sea!

    Yummy menu! So many favorites on it. Nicoise potatoes are one of my weaknesses – I could pu nicoise dressing on just about anything and gobble it up!

    I can’t remember if I already told you in a previous comment, but I am hosting Sugar High Fridays this month and I really hope you come and play!
    http://inmybox.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/announcing-sugar-high-fridays-53-the-test-of-time/

  5. This looks awesome! I’m totally adding it to my Delicious recipes!

    NAOmni

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