Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad

If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ve probably been asked more than once where you get your protein from. My mom, for example, asks me if I’m getting enough protein every time I see her (cue eye roll)! But lately, I’ve been answering her – pasta. I’m getting it from pasta! She looked at me very dubiously, until I said, “It’s this pasta from Chickapea – it’s made from lentils and chickpeas!” Her eyes widened even more when I told her that one serving – just 3.5 ounces of prepared pasta – has 27 grams of protein. Plant-based foodies for the win!!

Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Pasta
  • 1 lb Chickapea Spirals Pasta

Vegan Ranch
  • 1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Chopped White or Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt or more to taste
  • 1/8 Tsp Dried Dill

Instructions

Pasta
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add in the Chickapea spirals pasta, and cook according to package directions. When done, drain and rinse in cold water.

Vegan Ranch Dressing
  • While pasta is cooking, make your ranch dressing. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Be sure to taste and add any additional seasonings you like. I added in a little more salt and black pepper.