Easy Pasta Salad With An Exquisite Peanut Butter Dressing (15 Min, Vegan)

Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing. So tasty that it has to be tried to be believed. You won't regret this healthy pasta bad boy. Ready in 15 minutes, high in fiber and protein | hurrythefoodup.com

Think salads are for pussies?

Well, not anymore! Man up your salads with this so-tasty-it-must-be-tried-to-be-believed salad containing all the vitaminy goodness you’d expect from carrot, red cabbage and lettuce but with added energy from the pasta, and taste and protein from peanuts. Perfect for that extra boost before sports or helping to rebuild those weary muscles. Try just it once and you’ll be hooked!*

*you won’t actually get hooked as it’s not addictive, but it does taste ridiculously good!

Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing. So tasty that it has to be tried to be believed. You won't regret this healthy pasta bad boy. Ready in 15 minutes, high in fiber and protein | hurrythefoodup.com

Health Benefits – Pasta Salad with an Exquisite Peanut Butter Dressing

The Salad is also good for you. Our bodies are amazing and complex machines that need a little bit of everything to run as well as they should.

  • High in vitamin B6, mostly found in meat, poultry or fish, but also in nuts and legumes like peanuts: You need it to keep your skin healthy and it helps against depression (IOM).
  • High in fiber through peanuts and whole grain pasta. Eating more of it will help you to protect yourself better against the three biggest killers of humanity: diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Harvard).
  • Fairly high in protein: noodles and peanuts. Beef up those muscles…without beef.
  • Make sure you get a colorful salad mix (eg. with carrots, red cabbage, lettuce) to get some more vitamins and minerals.

5 from 3 votes

Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

Pasta Salad with an unbelievable Peanut Butter Dressing. Did we mention it's actually healthy too? Ready in 15 minutes, and packed with fiber and protein.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 660 kcal
Author Hurry The Food Up


  • 5 oz pasta (5 oz = roughly 150g)
  • 1 small salad mix (lettuce, red cabbage, purple kale, carrot all go great)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey if that's fine with you)
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (malt or white are fine)
  • ½ thumb ginger, chopped or grated (dried is fine)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (dried is fine)
  • 1 small dash water
  • 1 small handful peanuts, roasted
  • add some coriander/cilantro and/or lime for decoration.


  1. Get the pasta cooking away.
  2. Rinse, then chop or rip the salad, peel and grate the carrots and chuck in large bowl.
  3. Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey and vinegar together well in a small bowl.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic.

  5. Add a spot of water to thin the sauce (just a little!) and stir well.
  6. Roughly chop the peanuts. Then roast them on medium heat until lightly brown. No oil necessary!

  7. Drain the pasta and throw in with salad.

  8. Add the sauce, mix up and voilà! Serve with lime and coriander/cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Try out different salad combos - and remove the pasta for a lower calorie version!

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate. Thanks Kate 🙂

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  1. Hello from Canada!

    I found your blog tonight and love all of your recipes and videos! Thank you for such health conscious and quick recipes!

    I’m soy sensitive and vinegar has proven tricky for me recently as well. Could coconut amino acid be used as a substitute for the soy sauce and lemon for the vinegar in this recipe?

    Thanks in advance 🙂 your work is very appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by!!
      That’s always super rewarding to hear, glad you like the recipes!
      To be honest, I’m not sure about the coconut amino acid because I never tried it, but you can definitely substitute lemon for the vinegar! I do that quite often myself 🙂

        • I’ve made the peanut sauce several times, and it’s delicious! The coconut amino acid is a bit sweeter, but less salty than soy sauce. This worked out well as the lemon juice is not as potent as the vinegar, so sweetener wasn’t required. I used 3 tbsp of lemon juice on place of the vinegar and subbed the coconut amino acid straight across for the soy, otherwise left all the ingredients the same. This has been a fabulous dipping sauce for salad rolls too. Thanks for an amazing recipe guys 🙂

          • Super interesting, Erin!! Thanks a ton for posting your version, will definitely try it out. This recipe still belongs to my regular dishes 🙂

  2. Hi there,
    This sounds like a delicious recipe, I cant wait to try it!
    I just have one thing, could you please change the wording of your post where you mention ‘salads are for pussi*s… man up your salads’ as I believe this is highly offensive. It does not only imply that women’s genitals are to be dissed, thought of as an insult or as weak, but also suggests that one has to be ‘manly’ to be better/ stronger.
    This would be much appreciated, thank you!

    • I’m glad you like the sound of the recipe! Thanks for the comment, although I think there has been a little misunderstanding with the word ‘pussies’ – we’re referring to scaredy cats, not female genitalia! Cheers!

  3. can this be made the night before and taken for lunch, cold?

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