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gluten-free pasta salad

Gluten Free ‘B.E.L.T.’ Cold Pasta Salad With Avocado Ranch Dressing

This B.E.L.T Gluten-free Pasta Salad is your new local favourite.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Healthy
Keyword gluten-free pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cups brown rice noodles fusilli, about 350grams (spelt or kamut work nice too)
  • 8 sundried tomatoes packed in oil, julienned
  • 1/2 pack bacon or 1/2 cup cooked pancetta
  • 4 cups arugula packed
  • 1/2 cucumber large, chopped
  • 2 peppers chopped (we like to use variety of colours)
  • 6 Conestoga Farms Free Run Omega-3 Rich Eggs hardboiled and chopped*
  • Avocado Ranch Dressing you can use the full recipe or just 1 cup, depends on how heavy you want to dress this salad up *see below

Avocado Ranch Dressing [makes about 1.5-2 cups]

  • 1.5 cups kefir or regular yogurt avoid full fat, the recipe will come out too thick
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed (apx. 1 lemon)
  • 2 tsp dried or chopped chives
  • 1.5 tsp dried dill
  • 2.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 2.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1 shallot or 3 tsp dried onion
  • 2.5 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp water if you want your recipe less thick (if using yogurt will be thicker than with kefir)

Directions

  1. Hard boil your eggs, set aside in cool water.*
  2. Cook the noodles as per package directions. Run under cold water until noodles are chilled, and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile cook your bacon and peel your eggs.
  4. Prepare all of your pasta salad add-ins (julienne the sundried tomatoes, chop your veggies, cut bacon, chop eggs) and add all of the salad elements to your pasta noodles.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your dressing by adding everything to a blender and puree until mixed into a creamy dressing (be diligent if you’re throwing a whole shallot in there).
  6. Take your dry salad and add 1 cup of dressing to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  7. If you would like more dressing on your salad you can add the rest, all according to preference.
  8. Toss, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Notes:

* Crunched for time and not a fan of peeling eggs? Save time and grab Conestoga Farms ‘Free Run On the Run’ Hard Boiled & Peeled Eggs.

**This pasta salad is delicious chilled for 1-2 hours before serving. Make ahead of time if you are bringing to an event.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free ‘B.E.L.T.’ Cold Pasta Salad With Avocado Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 389mg 16%
Potassium 470mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 13.4%
Vitamin C 39%
Calcium 11.3%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.