Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad

Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
     Chicken Pasta Salad was one of my family's favorite recipes before we went vegan. And was one of the first recipes we had to make vegan. This recipe is great for anything. A side dish, lunch, dinner, hot/cold and great to bring to a potluck or party. The Chicken Pasta Salad was super easy to switch vegan. We just used Gardein Chick'n Strips.We use Gardein a lot when we are craving our old favorites. You can also omit the chick'n and just add a bunch of vegetables.
    
Read on for recipe.
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1 bag - Gardein Chick'n Strips
1 box of Pasta: Farfalle (bow tie) or Rotini (12-16 oz if buying pasta in bulk)
1-2 Diced Tomatoes
2 tablespoons and 1/2 cup - Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing OR Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing (if you can find it. Caesar dressing the best and is what the original recipe calls.)
Salt and Pepper to taste
A few tablespoons - Nutritional Yeast Seasoning

Cooked Spinach (Optional)

Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad
Courtney Tomesch Vegan Chicken Pasta Salad

1: Boil Pasta, then drain and place in large bowl
2: Chop Gardein Chick'n Strips into bite size pieces (save teriyaki pack in freezer, can use for a stir-fry later)
3: Pan Fry Chick'n after a couple of minutes add about 2-3 tablespoons of salad dressing. Finish cooking
4: While the Chick'n is cooking dice tomatoes.
5: Add everything in bowl. Pasts, cooked chicken, spinach, tomatoes, salt and pepper, nutritional yeast, salad dressing
6: Mix all together
7: Serve. Can be eaten right away hot or set to marinate over night in refrigerator cold. Either way is great.

Note: All the ingredients may not all be 100% vegan, I am still learning what is and is not vegan. Please just correct me in the comment if you come across something that is not vegan. Thanks in advance!

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