This Olive Tapenade Pasta Salad with Fire Roasted Red Peppers is one of my favorite easy, gluten-free and vegan pasta salads. You can grab everything you need including the olive tapenade, fire roasted red peppers, and pasta at your local Trader Joe’s or any major grocery store. If you like olives, you will love this salad!
With just a few simple ingredients this olive tapenade pasta salad couldn’t be easier!
What you will need to make olive tapenade pasta…
- Gluten-free Pasta – I like the brown rice quinoa pasta for pasta salad.
- Olive Tapenade – I usually use Trader Joe’s varieties, but you can use any olive tapenade that you like.
- Fire Roasted Red Peppers – these come in a jar and have a sweet roasted flavor.
- Pine Nuts – You can use raw or toasted pine nuts. (optional)
Perfect for a quick meal to take on a picnic. This pasta salad also works great as easy vegan camping food, since the dish is made from simple, shelf-stable ingredients!
What type of olive tapenade should I use?
Any olive tapenade will work for this salad, but I know that Trader Joe’s varieties are good. (This is not a sponsored post, just like the ones I have found at Trader Joe’s).
There are 3 different types of tapenades that they sell at Trader Joe’s. I like all of them and they all work well for this pasta salad. The Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade Spread has a little milder salty flavor and the Olive Tapenade with Kalamata and Chalkidiki olives has a bit more vinegar flavor, but overall, there is not a big difference between them. They also sell one in the refrigerated section that is delicious.
Can I add some protein to the pasta salad?
Yes! The olive tapenade and the roasted red peppers have enough flavor that you don’t need anything else, but I’m sure that it would be great with some chickpeas or crispy fried tofu.
Feel free to add your own twist. Let me know how you like it!
Tip for making this gluten-free: If you are using gluten-free pasta, cook in more water than you would use for wheat pasta and drain and rinse well until water runs clear.
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A vegan and gluten free pasta salad made with Trader Joe's Olive Tapenade and roasted red peppers.
Cook pasta of choice according to package directions.
Drain and rinse well with cold water and pour the pasta into a large bowl while still very wet.
Add the olive tapenade and chopped red peppers and mix well. Garnish with pine nuts if desired.
- Add chickpeas or fried tofu for extra protein to make a more filling meal.
Tip: If using gluten free pasta, cook in more water than you would use for wheat pasta and drain and rinse well until water runs clear.