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California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious pasta salad to bring to a potluck or picnic, this California pasta salad is perfect for you! It’s made with fresh summer veggies and topped off with zesty Italian dressing.
Course Entrée, Salad, Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 252kcal
Author Sina


For the California pasta salad:

  • 9 oz rotini
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup dark olives, sliced

For the dressing;

  • 1 cup store-bought vegan Italian dressing
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds


  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • Whisk together the store-bought Italian dressing with the spices and the nutritional yeast.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Store the pasta salad in the fridge until you serve it. Enjoy!


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 35.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.1mg