This pasta salad recipe is perfect for summer, with a vegan Parmesan made from walnuts and nutritional yeast.
- Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain in a colander, then return to cooking pot and add 2 tsp olive oil and stir to keep the noodles from sticking together. If you want to serve this salad cold, let pasta cool for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator.
- To make vegan parmesan, combine the walnuts, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse for about 15 seconds to create a coarse meal. Try not to over-process.
- Slice cherry tomatoes in half and julienne the basil leaves. Zest one medium lemon.
- Combine the cooked pasta with the vegan Parmesan, tomatoes, basil, and lemon zest. Stir together. Add about 3 Tbsp olive oil and juice of 1/2 lemon. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired (I used a whole lemon). Add salt to taste, and serve.
Vegan Parmesan inspired by Minimalist Baker.
- Category: Pasta Salad
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Side Dishes
Keywords: orzo, lemon, basil, vegan, summer