Avocado Pasta Salad
- 12 ounces rotini pasta or other short cut pasta
- 1 ripe avocado peeled, stone and chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup frozen corn thawed
- Fresh basil for serving
- 2 ripe avocados peeled and cored
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions but reduce cooking time by 2 minutes so pasta is al dente; drain well. You can thaw the frozen corn in the pasta cooking water in the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time.
- To make the avocado dressing, combine the avocados, spinach, almond milk, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic to a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper. With the motor running, add olive oil slowly until dressing is emulsified, smooth and creamy.
- In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the dressing, tomatoes, corn and avocados. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 2 days in the fridge. However due to the oxidation of avocados, I would recommend consuming within 24 hours of making the pasta salad.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
- Instead of almond milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk or leave out the milk all together.
- Instead of spinach, you can use kale, arugula, parsley, cilantro or basil. You can also omit the greens if you'd like.
- To make this gluten-free, use any type of gluten-free pasta you'd like and cook it al dente.
Equipment: I use the Kitchen Aid 7-Cup Food processor to make the creamy avocado sauce. It has a high and low pulse speed so you can make the sauce pretty smooth and silky.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving which is about 2 ounces of pasta
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