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green goddess pasta salad with a lemony zingy dressing and spring vegetables

Green Goddess Pasta Salad

  • Author: Suruchi Avasthi


The Green Goddess Pasta Salad You’ll Make All Spring (and Summer) Long. 


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 bunch basil
  • handful of any other soft herbs you like (chives, green onions, parsley, cilantro, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I ended up adding a little more to make it more vinegary but start here and adjust!)
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • big squeeze of honey (use vegan alternative sweetener to keep vegan)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 tbsp of water to thin the dressing as needed
  • 8oz fresh spinach
  • 16oz pasta (two servings of any shape you like)
  • prepped fresh vegetables: cucumbers, artichokes, avocado, peas, etc.


  1. Fill a large pot with water and set on the stove to bring to a boil.
  2. While the water begins to heat up, add the nutritional yeast, basil, fresh herbs, tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper to a blender.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the spinach and blanche quickly until the leaves turn bright green. Using a spider strainer, take the spinach from the pot and run under cold water. Add the the blender. ****This step is optional. You can also just add the raw spinach to the blender as is, but I prefer blanching mine first.
  4. Add the pasta to the water and cook according to package instructions.
  5. While the pasta cooks, blend the dressing ingredients together. Taste and adjust as needed to your own liking. Set dressing aside.
  6. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain from water. Add half of the dressing to the pasta while it’s warm, and toss to combine. Let pasta cool to room temperature.
  7. While the pasta cools, prep the vegetables. Chop any veggies as needed into small cubes. Reserve part of the vegetables for topping if desired.
  8. When ready to assembly, add the dressed pasta to a large serving bowl. Add the vegetables and remaining dressing to the pasta and toss to combine. Top with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  9. Either serve right away, topping with additional vegetables, or let sit in fridge until completely cold and serve. Enjoy!