Gluten Free Summer Minestrone Pasta Salad Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on August 25, 2012

Post image for Gluten Free Summer Minestrone Pasta Salad Recipe I know that minestrone is a soup. It is a lovely soup. And I love soup. But I also love salad so I thought “minestrone salad – why not?” Why not indeed!

This gluten free soup turned salad recipe takes advantage of the abundance of summer vegetables available right now. Zucchini, corn, tomatoes, basil – does it get any more summery than that?

Since this pasta salad is mayonnaise-free, it is good for taking to cook outs and picnics without the fear of poisoning your diners. It can be served right after making (great for a quick mid-week meal) or you can make it ahead and serve it chilled.

This recipe makes a ton of salad – if you don’t have a crowd to feed, feel free to cut the recipe in half but you should know that it tastes even better the day after or the day after that. It is great as a side to roasted chicken, burgers or what not and also makes for a lovely vegan main dish.

I used Brown Rice Vegetable Rotini pasta from Pastariso because I love the way the veggies nestle into the curlicues of the pasta.

So who says minestrone can only be soup? Not me!

Gluten Free Minestrone Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Summer Minestrone Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

1 pound Brown Rice Vegetable Rotini pasta
2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup olive oil
1 yellow or white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 medium zucchini, diced
2 ears of corn, kernels cut off
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cans white or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 cup basil leaves

Directions

Cook the pasta in heavily salted water according to the package direction. Rinse first with hot water then with cold.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the onion and cook until it starts to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds then add the zucchini and corn kernels. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp tender.

Put the pasta in a large mixing bowl; add the cooked vegetables, tomatoes, rinsed beans, salt, pepper, vinegar and remaining ¼ cup of olive oil. Toss well. Tear the basil leaves and add to the salad and toss again. Serve immediately or chilled.

Servings:

A gluten free recipe that serves 8 – 10 people

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Sophie August 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I love my pasta dinners like this tasty one! I am also in love with that sama pasta! :)
Yum Yum Yum!

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Carol Kicinski August 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Sophie!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies August 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Yum, I made a very very similar pasta this weekend, too. I could live on this :)

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Carol Kicinski August 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I know whatyou mean Beth, me too!

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Lynne H August 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Absolutely yummy – can’t wait to make this pasta salad. What a nice cool meal in the heat of Florida!! It will be great either as a side or with a side of fresh fruits. Thanks for this wonderful recipe – you’re the greatest!!

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Carol Kicinski August 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Aww thank you Lynne! You are the greatest!

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Jutta August 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for the recipe, will try this tomorrow!

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Carol Kicinski August 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thank you Jutta, enjoy!

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InTolerant Chef August 29, 2012 at 3:36 am

What a fantastic idea to turn the soup into a salad! Brilliant!

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Carol Kicinski August 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

Aww, thanks!

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Stephen September 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I used this recipe to cook for my girlfriend who is gfree and she loved it! I was able to find some other great gluten free recipes at http://www.relish.com/. I check it at least once a week now to see if there are any new gfree recipes that have been posted.

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Carol Kicinski September 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hi Stepen, so happy your gf gf loved it!

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Rujana Hetman October 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Could anyone give me nutritional value for this recipe? I have a friend who just found out she has Celiac’s disease. I would like to make this for her and to tell her about this site.

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Carol Kicinski October 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Hi. I don;t have the nutritional info but there are sites on line where you can plug in the ingredients and get the nutritional info. Good luck and thank you!

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