Chopped Veggie Salad with Pasta and Creamy Cauliflower Dressing

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A delicious mashup of macaroni salad and chopped vegetable salad, this colorful dish gets coated with a creamy herbed dressing made with pureed raw cauliflower.

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Ingredients

Salad
  • 6 ounces dry whole-grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups green beans, cut into ½-inch dice (12 ounces)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce (½-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup red onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 whole pepperoncini, sliced (optional)
Dressing
  • 1 cup 1-inch raw cauliflower florets (about 4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook according to package directions. Five minutes before you expect the pasta to be done, add green beans and carrots to the pot. Return water to a boil, and continue to cook until pasta and veggies are tender. Drain and transfer pasta, green beans, and carrots to a large serving bowl.
  2. To make the dressing, in a blender, combine the cauliflower, almond flour, nutritional yeast, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, mustard, salt, marjoram, pepper, and 1 cup of water. Blend 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Transfer the dressing to a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes to thicken. Remove pan from heat and let dressing cool.
  4. Add the dressing, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, and onion to the pasta mixture, and toss to coat.
  5. Garnish with parsley and pepperoncini (if using) right before serving.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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