Gluten Free Pasta Salad With Asparagus

6 servings
23 min

Pasta salad with asparagus, gluten free rotini, cherry tomatoes, black olives, gouda cheese, salami, olive oil and seasonings! Such a delicious, quick and easy summertime classic. Ready in 25 minutes or less, this is the perfect salad to serve at (or bring to) any type of summer celebration!

Pasta Salad With Asparagus

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  • Gluten free rotini: the brand linked here is the one I use. It’s made from chickpeas! I’m a huge fan and can’t taste much difference at all.
  • Asparagus: extra delicious and cheap in the summer. It’s always great to buy fruits and veggies when they’re in season.
  • Cherry tomatoes: bright and sweet!
  • Gouda cheese cubes: feel free to substitute your favorite type of cheese: cheddar, colby jack and pepper jack are some other tasty options.
  • Salami: pepperoni also works!
  • Black olives: add nice color and texture to your salad.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: helps seasonings stick to rotini and veggies.
  • Salt, pepper & Italian seasonings: simple additions that add a lot of flavor!
Pasta Salad With Asparagus


  • When purchasing groceries for this recipe, look for cheese that is already cut into cubes to save yourself some time! Cheese sticks are super easy to cut down into cubes.
  • Feel free to get creative with this recipe and try various mix-ins. Maybe add different types of veggies or try another type/shape of noodle. Pasta salad is very flexible!


Gluten Free Pasta Salad With Asparagus
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 23 min
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  • 8 oz gluten free rotini *see note below
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 4 oz. package thin sliced salami *pepperoni will also work
  • 10 oz. package cherry tomatoes
  • 10 oz. package cubed gouda cheese *see note below
  • 1 2.25 oz. can sliced olives *drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Place a large pot of salted, HOT water on the stovetop and set heat to high.
While waiting for water to boil, remove woody ends from asparagus and chop down into small, bite size pieces.
Add pasta to boiling water, reduce heat and set a timer according to instructions on packaging. With three minutes remaining, add asparagus to the pot.
Drain pasta and asparagus, rinse with cold water and place in a large mixing bowl.
Dice red onion, quarter salami and cut tomatoes in half. Add all three to the bowl along with cubed cheese and drained black olives.
Mix seasonings and olive oil together and stir into pasta salad ingredients until well incorporated.
Eat your salad right away or cover with plastic wrap and chill.
Plate and enjoy!
  • Gluten free rotini: I prefer the Banza brand. It’s made from chickpeas and tastes very similar to wheat pasta in my opinion (nutrition info below is calculated using this pasta)!
  • Cubed gouda cheese: feel free to substitute your favorite type of cheese! When purchasing groceries for this recipe, look for cheese that is already cubed to save yourself some time. Cheese sticks are super easy to cut down into cubes.
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  • Millie Millie on Sep 06, 2021

    I will definitely try this recipe as my granddaughter has to eat gluten free & sometimes it is difficult to make interesting meals for her. Thank you

  • Shireen Holtak Shireen Holtak on Sep 12, 2021

    I will try this recipe. I like rice noodles as well as some gluetin free pasta can be stodgy. 👍