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Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.


As we enter spring, I wanted to create a pasta salad that showcases the vibrant colors of green! Not only is this recipe a crowd-pleaser, it’s also highly nutritious. As you may have already guessed, pesto is the star in this dish.

Where are my pesto lovers at!? Pesto is my absolute favorite when it comes to dips, sauces, or just straight out of the bowl. Unfortunately, most restaurants or pizzarias will have pesto that contains dairy. I either bear through it and deal with the repercussions later or just bring my own, lol.


This pesto is a lot like my 5-ingredient vegan pesto but with an upgrade. The pesto used in this dish contains more greens like arugula and watercress as well as one of my favorite vegetable, peas!


Other bright and colorful green vegetables that are added to this pasta salad are asparagus and broccolini. Like most of my pasta dishes, I use Banza pasta. Banza is a great gluten-free option that also contains a higher amount of protein, fiber, and less net carbs than most traditional pastas out there.


This vibrant pea pesto pasta salad is great on its own but also perfect as a side dish for your meal preps. Add a side of grilled chicken and you’re good to go!


As a Banza ambassador, I’m excited to announce that the first person who makes this dish and provides feedback will receive coupons for free Banza pasta! To qualify for this giveaway you must:

  1. Make this recipe!

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Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.


  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • 1 bunch broccolini

  • 1 bunch asparagus

  • ½ lemon (juice)

  • 1 box (8 oz) Banza pasta rotini


  • 7-9 raw almonds

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ cup peas (frozen)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil

  • ½ cup packed watercress and arugula

  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast

  • ⅓ cup EVOO

  • ½ lemon

  • S&P to season


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Drizzle with oil of choice and toss to prevent noodles from sticking.

  2. While pasta is cooking, blanch asparagus and broccolini by filling a medium saucepan halfway with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil. While the water is heating, prepare the asparagus by breaking off any tough, white bottoms and cutting the spears into 1 to 2 inch sections. Add the asparagus and broccolini to the boiling water and lower the heat slightly to maintain a simmer. Cook for about 2 minutes and drain the hot water. Add the veggies to an ice bath after to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

  3. Make pesto by adding almonds and garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients except oil and blend until combine. Slowly add in the olive oil until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. If mixture is too dry, add a little water. It should be thick but pourable.

  4. Taste and adjust flavor as needed; set aside.

  5. Add cooked pasta, broccolini, asparagus, and peas to a mixing/serving bowl and top with pesto. Squeeze half of lemon and toss to combine. Garnish with herbs, S&P, pine nuts, or hemp seeds (optional).

  6. Best served fresh at room temperature. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

5-Ingredient Vegan Pesto

This vegan pesto will soon become a fridge staple as it uses 5-ingredients in less than 5 minutes!


Pesto has got to be my most favorite sauce of all time!

But unfortunately, since I am lactose intolerant, it can be very hard finding a vegan version of pesto in grocery stores and in most restaurants since parmesan plays a major role in the sauce.

Well, what do I do?! What can I do to resolve this issue!?

Create a super easy vegan version of pesto with just 5-ingredients is what I can do! (That’s a mouthful!)

You will probably have most of these ingredients on hand except maybe nutritional yeast. For my vegan and vegetarian subscribers, I know it can be hard to incorporate vitamin B12 into your diet, and often plant-based eaters end up deficient since B12 occurs naturally in animal foods. Nutritional yeast is a great way to get your daily recommended amount of vitamin B12! See source for more information.

Adding nutritional yeast will not only help with vitamin B12 but will also give the pesto a “cheesy” flavor.


Pesto is a great everyday sauce that can be used in many dishes such as pasta, appetizers, chicken and/or potatoes. Pesto is great in the fridge for up to a week or stored in the freezer (in an airtight container) for up to 1 month. One of my favorite things to do is to pour pesto sauce into an ice tray. All you need to do is heat up a skillet, pop out a pesto cube or two, and let it melt! Add chicken breasts or tempeh to the skillet and you will have a very simple and easy side dish!


What do you like to put pesto on? Please let me know in the comments section and if you tried this super easy 5-ingredient vegan pesto! Don’t forget to subscribe and share! :)


This vegan pesto will soon become a fridge staple as it uses 5-ingredients in less than 5 minutes!


  • 2 cups packed fresh organic basil

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 5-8 raw almonds

  • 3 large cloves of garlic (peeled)

  • 1/3 cup EVOO (oil free version-water or veggie stock)


  1. In a food processor, pulse almonds and garlic until finely chopped.

  2. Add basil, yeast, and S/P on high until loose paste forms.

  3. While the processor is on low, pour the oil through the feed tube gradually. Scrape down the sides and add more if necessary to achieve the desired sauce consistency. (Oil-free version* add water or vegetable stock gradually until desired consistency)

  4. Taste and adjust if necessary, adding more nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavor, salt for overall flavor, garlic for that “bite” or almonds for a nuttier flavor.

  5. Best stored in the fridge for up to one week or freezer for up to 1 month.