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Easy Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad

Vegan pasta salad with fresh, crunchy veggies and a creamy mayo-based ranch dressing is the perfect lunchtime recipe.

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Quote me: The best kind of salad is the kind with pasta in it.

This vegan ranch pasta salad has all the goods: rotini pasta, homemade vegan ranch, raw broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cucumbers. Every bite explodes with creamy flavor and both runchy and soft textures.

Not to mention, this salad recipe is incredibly easy to make and a crowd-pleasing dish for vegan and non-vegans alike.

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You can easily use any of your favorite crisp, colorful vegetables to make this recipe. Reminder: You can find the detailed, printable recipe in the recipe card below.

  • Rotini pasta. I love the springy, chewy texture of this spiral-shaped pasta. You can also find it in a tricolor version, as I used here. Feel free to use a different short pasta if you like.
  • Cucumber and cherry tomatoes. These add a refreshing crunch to the salad.
  • Carrots. I love the pop of orange. Dice your carrots nice and small so they aren’t too hard to eat in the salad.
  • Cauliflower and broccoli. These aren’t your typical pasta salad ingredients, but I love how they bulk up the salad with extra nutrients and flavor.
  • Peas. For a bit of springtime freshness, use sweet green peas. Just let frozen peas defrost, no need to cook them.
  • Ranch dressing. Find my homemade vegan ranch recipe here. It’s one of the most popular reicpes on the blog! Of course, as a quick shortcut, you can use your favorite bottled ranch dressing as well.
glass bowl with vegetable pasta salad with ranch dressing poured in.

Ingredient Substitutions & Swaps

  • Gluten-free vegan pasta salad. You can simply use your favorite gluten-free pasta. Banza chickpea pasta is really tasty.
  • Other veggies. Mix and match other diced fresh vegetables if you like. Some others that work well in this recipe are celery, bell peppers, jalapeño, radishes, shredded cabbage, and more.
  • Cooked Veggies. If you prefer softer vegeatbles, you can quickly blanch the cauliflower and broccoli in boiling water until they’re bright and crisp-tender. Then cool them in an ice bath before adding them to the pasta salad.


Store leftover vegan ranch pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. It’s a great make-ahead recipe to bring to a potluck or picnic with friends.

More Vegan Side Dishes to Try

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Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad

Karissa Besaw
Pasta tossed with homemade vegan ranch and tons of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, and peas. This is the perfect side dish to share at a potluck to BBQ with family & friends.
4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 12 sides
Calories 314 kcal


  • cup vegan ranch
  • 1 pound rotini pasta or pasta of choice
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cauliflower cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup peas canned, or steamed and cooled
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 cucumber chopped


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • In the meantime, make the ranch dressing and prepare the veggies.
  • Let the pasta cool (to speed this up, rinse with cold water). In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the prepared vegetables and ranch.
  • Serve cold.



Feel free to use any of your favorite veggies in this recipe!


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 348mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2060IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Karissa. Hi last spring I made your vegan ranch pasta salad. It was a big hit. I found the recipe for the ranch dressing but not the salad ingredients. I wonder if it’s possible to get that recipes. Thanks. Love your recipes.

    1. Hey there! The recipe card for the pasta salad is right in this blog post – above the comment section. If you hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page, it will bring you right there.

  2. 5 stars
    Had to come by and drop a comment. Holy cannoli this stuff is tasty. I used to eat the heck outta that suddenly salad ranch pasta kit before I was Vegan, and this stuff is way tastier. I made a double batch for a vegan potluck, and it was a hit. I used frozen peas, shredded carrots, and topped it with chives and halved cherry tomatoes. Your ranch dressing recipe is spot on. Thank you for taking the time to develop it.

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