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overhead shot of a white plate with paleo pasta salad consisting of grain-free pasta, spinach, olives, cucumbers, green onions and pickled red onions.

Easy Paleo Pasta Salad (GF, AIP, DF)

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5 from 7 reviews

  • Author: Nicole
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Easy AIP/Paleo Pasta Salad is light, fresh and the perfect summer side! It combines crunchy, herby vegetables with grain-free pasta and a tangy homemade vinaigrette. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and so delicious.


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Pasta Salad

  • 8 oz AIP or paleo pasta
  • 4 stems of green onions
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 cups cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 cups spinach or any other type of leafy green, roughly chopped
  • pickled red onions for garnish (optional)


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  1. Boil pasta according to instructions, drain, run under cold water* and drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil to prevent it from sticking together. Set pasta aside. 
  2. In a large bowl combine chopped cucumber, olives, sea salt, oregano, basil and thyme. 
  3. Drizzle green onions in 1 TBSP of olive oil and a pinch of salt and massage in.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat and grill green onions until lightly charred on each side. Allow to cool slightly and then chop into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
  5. Add pasta, chopped green onions and spinach into the bowl with cucumber and olives and toss to combine. 
  6. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together using a fork until the mixture is emulsified. 
  7. Dress the salad at least 10 minutes before serving and adjust salt to desired taste.
  8. Garnish with pickled red onions if desired, for a bright pop of color. 


*Rinse under cold water to ensure the pasta is not overcooked and help prevent it from sticking together.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Assembled
  • Cuisine: American/Mediterranean inspired