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This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies!

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is what pasta salad should be! Chilled pasta is tossed with crunchy veggies, the BEST green chile vegan ranch and buffalo chickpeas. You get a little bit of kick from the chickpeas and so much great flavor from the dressing. This is the perfect BBQ side dish or make ahead lunch!

Step One: Make the Buffalo Chickpeas & Pasta

Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add your pasta and cook until al dente. You want to be sure not to over cook it – otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy mess. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.

While the pasta is cooking make the buffalo chickpeas. Add a can of drained chickpeas to a skillet with oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika & pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the chickpeas start to get crispy. Pour in some buffalo sauce and cook for another couple minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Step Two: Make the Vegan Green Chile Ranch

I’m so obsessed with this green chile ranch recipe. It isn’t spicy, but the green chiles add a great flavor!

For the ranch you’ll need:

  • vegan mayo
  • green chiles
  • garlic 
  • onion powder
  • dried parsley
  • dried chives
  • dried dill
  • pepper
  • apple cider vinegar

Add all of the ranch ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com
This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Step Three: Assemble & Serve

Once everything is ready it is time to assemble! Add the chilled pasta to a large bowl with bell pepper, grape tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, avocado and the buffalo chickpeas. Drizzle the ranch over everything and toss.

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com
This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Finish off the salad with some chopped green onion and get ready to be in heaven. You can chill the salad or eat it at room temperature. I like it both ways!

If you are planning to make this ahead of time, just wait to add the avocado until right before serving.

This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com
This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies!
5 from 10 ratings

Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD

FOR THE CHICKPEAS

FOR THE GREEN CHILE RANCH

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet. Add the chickpeas & dry seasonings and cook for 3 minutes, or until the chickpeas start to get crispy. Pour in the buffalo sauce and cook for another couple minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Add all of the ranch ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  • To assemble, add the pasta, veggies, chickpeas and ranch to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Top with the green onions and serve.

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Notes

  • You can serve this at room temperature or chilled.
  • If making ahead of time wait to add the avocado until right before serving.
Calories: 454kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 18g
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
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This Buffalo Chickpea Pasta Salad is the ultimate vegan salad! Made with crispy buffalo chickpeas, dairy-free green chile ranch, pasta & veggies | ThisSavoryVegan.com