After being out of town for a week, I spent the day yesterday meal prepping to help prepare for a week of getting back on track with work, school, and our regular routine! One of the first items up that I prepped was an easy pasta salad. Pasta salads are on of those dishes that I love making ahead of time because they make easy lunches and/or a simple addition to dinner! Another perk is that they just get better in the fridge after sitting for a day or two. I love that I can add a tons of veggies into the mix to bulk up the pasta along with whatever protein I want to add in whether that be beans, chicken, or cured meats! I am currently obsessed with my new favorite pasta salad which just so happens to use one of my go-to seasonings, everything bagel seasoning. My Everything Bagel Pasta Salad is not only easy to make, but your whole family is going to love eating it all week long!
This dish is the perfect wrap up to the end of summer, but honestly it can be made all year long! You can add in all of your family’s favorite vegetables here and it’s also a great way to clean out the fridge from any veggie leftovers hanging around! Bottom line is, I really love adding to this pasta dish up with a whole lot of veggie love because I can ensure my son will gobble them up when there is pasta involved!
This dish is great for easy lunch box packing and I love serving it alongside some grilled chicken for a fun dinner! I just love how customizable pasta salads are and they are such a crowd pleaser too! My Veggie Loaded Everything Bagel Pasta Salad also makes a great potluck dish to bring over to anyone’s house! It’s tossed in an everything bagel vinaigrette that is light on the mayo and has the perfect amount of creaminess and flavor!
Feel free to swap the vegetables for ones you have on hand and you can also use a gluten free pasta and make it vegetarian if needed to make it work for your dietary needs! It doesn’t get any easier than this y’all!
If you are everything bagel obsessed like me, then you might also want to try out my Everything Bagel Hummus that is literally my favorite way to eat hummus these days!
1/2 Lb. Pasta of Choice
2 Cups Assorted Veggies (I used Sugar Snap Peas, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Onion, Corn)
1/2 Cup White Cheddar Cheese, Diced into Small Cubes (can omit or use another cheese)
1/4 Cup Diced Pepperoni or Salami (can omit to make meatless)
3 Tbsp. Mayo
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Avocado Oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp. Everything Bagel Seasoning
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Pepper
Boil pasta and then drain and place onto a baking sheet in a solid layer until cooled completely. This ensures you won’t end up with a gummy pasta salad.
Make vinaigrette by combining mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, oil, dijon mustard, everything bagel seasoning, salt, and pepper into a mason jar and shaking until smooth and creamy.
Add pasta and veggies to a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette.
Taste test and add more salt and pepper or everything bagel seasoning if desired.
Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to a week.
I can’t tell you enough how much I love this pasta salad! It truly is so delicious and I can’t wait for you to give it a try for yourself!