Vegan Curried Pasta Salad
For as long as I can remember, I've been the kind of person who gets food cravings that simply refuse to go away until I've had exactly what it is I'm craving.
If I feel a sudden urge to eat pizza, that urge will fester (I hate that word, but it's such a good word!) in the back of my mind and continue doing so. Try as I might, I won't be able to stop thinking about eating pizza. That is, until I've partaken in some pizza-eating!
Josh knows that no matter how many other perfectly reasonable suggestions he makes, I'm just not going to budge. Not because I'm difficult (Well, maybe just a little difficult...) but because the craving just won't go away until I've eaten some darn pizza! And it's usually a very specific craving. I don't just want pizza, but I want a cheeseless, pan pizza covered in tomatoes and black olives. (Frozen pizza will not satisfy the craving, so don't even try it, pal!) (Is it obvious that I love pizza? 'Cause I do!)
Anyway, the other day I was seriously craving some pasta salad. I knew that I would have a difficult time finding any of the vegan variety at a restaurant nearby, so it would have to be homemade.
But how the heck do you make vegan pasta salad? Up until that point, I had only ever made pasta salad a total of, maybe, two times.
Well, the next day I put my thinking cap on and got down to business. I came up with this delicious recipe, and I have to say, I think it turned out pretty great! To be honest, I think it might be a new favorite at my house. All of the leftovers are gone already!
Poor and Vegan Curried Pasta Salad
- 4 Cups Cooked Pipe Rigate (or other similar pasta, such as conchiglie or macaroni)
- 1 Cup Diced Red Onion
- 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Carrot
- 1 Cup Just Mayo Vegan Mayonnaise*
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Curry Powder (I used Badia Jamaican Style)
- Optional: 1/4 Cup Mango Chutney, Sliced Almonds for Garnish
*I highly recommend this brand. It's the very best vegan mayo I have been able to find and it tastes remarkably similar to non-vegan mayo. This is what gives this salad it's true pasta salad flavor and texture, so it's very important here!
1. Prepare pasta as directed on packaging. Rinse and strain.
2. Move pasta to large bowl, add onion and carrots. Set aside.
3. In a separate dish, mix mayo, sugar, and curry powder together. If using mango chutney, add now and mix.
4. Pour mayo mixture into pasta mixture and mix thoroughly.
Voila! There you have it! Vegan Curried Pasta Salad!
Top it off with a few sliced almonds, a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, or even some golden raisins. It's pretty versatile.
Your friends and family will be totally floored when you tell them it's vegan!
Have you tried Just Mayo before? What is your favorite vegan mayo substitute? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!