Pasta Salad with Kiwi Dressing

Pasata salad with kiwi dressing

Despite being a self-confessed pasta addict, this is the first pasta recipe I´ve posted on here. I can’t really believe it´s taken so long considering I eat the stuff at least once a week. I love it because it’s so delicious and versatile.

Pasta salad with kiwi dressing

Tangy, sharp, surprisingly creamy, sweet, all of these words descibe the kiwi dressing I´ve used on my pasta salad. It might seem like a lot of salad dressing but I have to say I didn’t actually use all of it. The thing is the pasta absorbs it so I think half isn’t quite enough. Better too much than too little. The watercress provides a spicy contrast to the tartness of the kiwi and the beans make this a complete salad which can be eaten as a one bowl meal.

It’s quick to make but you do have to allow some time for the pasta to cool down. And, as so often is the case, it seems to taste better the next day when the flavours have had some time to settle and develop. (and, surprisingly the watercress didn’t go soggy).

cherry toms


I got these little tomatoes at the market yesterday and knew I had to do something with them! They’re so pretty and really sweet I could eat them like sweets, they just melt in my mouth!

I’m entering this post in Souper Sundays weekly round-up of soups, salads and sammies and virtual vegan linky potluck, a weekly vegan recipe link-up.

Do you use fruit in your salad dressings?

Pasta Salad with Kiwi Dressing

Preparation Time:   15 minutes                     Servings: 2 people as a main course             Cooking Time:           10 minutes                                          4 people as a side                         Total:                             25 minutes


For the salad:

100g wholewheat pasta (raw weight)

100g cooked black-eyed peas (mine were canned)

16 cherry tomatoes

50g watercress

1/4 salad onion

1 grated carrot

For the dressing:

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

a pinch of salt

2 kiwis

1. Put a large saucepan filled with water on the stove to boil.

2. Make the dressing. Peel the kiwis and slice into small bits. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a hand blender until smooth. Put in the fridge.

3. When the water is boiling add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add the pasta and cook for about 10 minutes or according to the instructions on the packet.

4. Drain the pasta, put in a salad bowl, add half the dressing you made previously and leave to cool. Put in the fridge once the pasta has cooled to room temperature.

5. When the pasta is cool, it’s time to set up the salad. Chop the tomatoes in half, cut the onion in rings and add to the bowl. Rinse and drain the beans and add them too. Put a handful of watercress. Peel and grate the carrot and put that on top. Add some more dressing and mix it all in so everything is coated. (Remember you might not need it all).






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8 Responses to Pasta Salad with Kiwi Dressing

  1. Kiwi in dressing! Never would’ve thought! Great idea. Thanks for sharing at the weekly Potluck!

  2. Wow! This is a pasta salad with benefits! So much summer goodness packed in here and I love the addition of kiwi in the dressing too! Yum!

  3. Joanne says:

    This kiwi dressing is so unique! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it!

  4. Such a colorful pasta salad and I love the sound of that kiwi dressing. Yum!
    Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week. 😉

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