A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

Easy Breezy Pasta Salad
March 22, 2010, 8:51 am
Filed under: Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: , , ,

Saturday’s terrifically warm weather (75 in the city! two weeks after big snowstorms!) put me in the mood for a cold salad for dinner. With little funds and not much energy to trek to the store, though, my boyfriend and I had to be resourceful to make this happen.

Luckily, we’re both inventive in the kitchen, and I often think cobbling something together from seemingly meager stock can have surprisingly good results. Such was the case with this, what I’ll call “Fort Tryon Park Pasta Salad” (after Veganomicon‘s “Prospect Park Potato Salad” but to reflect the Manhattan park we’d spent time in that day).

Fort Tryon Park Pasta Salad

  • 8 oz. pasta (penne, bowtie, or rigatoni), cooked. Run under cold water for a few minutes after cooking to cool.
  • 1/2 one red bell pepper , diced
  • 1/2 one orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 one red onion, diced
  • 1 small pear, cubed
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes (handful)
  • Cabbage, shredded (can omit–we had some leftover from St. Patrick’s Day)
  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise (or more, to desired creaminess)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (or more, to taste)

Herbs and spices of your choosing, to taste. We used:

  • Dill
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Hot pepper, ground
  • Pepper

Mix all and enjoy!


5 Comments so far
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This sounds fantastic. I might attempt to make my own version of this tonight. I wish I had it for lunch.

Comment by Raked

Sounds good – I think I’ll try it!

Comment by Sarah

sounds YUM! Never would have thought to put pears in a pasta salad, but quite interested to do that next time!

Comment by Amanda

Yes, that was the boy’s idea. Added a nice touch of tart sweetness!

Comment by Carrie M

Smart boy he is! 🙂

Comment by Amanda

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