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Gluten free pasta salad with tomatoes and peppers in a glass bowl.

Gluten-Free Italian Pasta Salad (Vegetarian)

Looking for a delicious gluten-free pasta salad? Look no further than this amazing Italian version. It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, or any summer gathering. Plus, it’s vegetarian-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 12ounce box gluten-free elbows or spirals
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 2ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (use a vegan alternative for dairy-free diets)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. While the pasta cooks, place the red bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, and olives, in a large mixing bowl. Set aside while you make the dressing.
  3. In a small bowl or jar, combine the olive oil, garlic, mustard, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper. Whisk or cover and shake the jar until the dressing is combined.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking, drain it in a colander. Rinse the cooked pasta with cool running water. Pour the cooked pasta into the mixing bowl with the vegetables.
  5. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables and stir to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Top the salad with the parmesan cheese and toss one last time before serving.
  7. You can serve immediately or cover and refrigerate the pasta salad until you’re ready to serve it.


  1. This recipe stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  2. This recipe is very forgiving. You can get creative and use different types of cheese or vegetables. For instance, you can use crumbled feta cheese instead of Parmesan for more of a Greek flair.
  3. If you want to add some greenery to your salad, you can top it with some finely chopped flat-leaf parsley. Or, you can serve your pasta salad over a bed of baby spinach.

Keywords: pasta salad, Italian pasta salad, gluten-free pasta salad, vegetarian pasta salad