Creamy Strawberry and Avocado Pasta Salad

Looking for something quick and filling? Maybe something you could bring to your next potluck BBQ? Look no further because this pasta salad is full of summer flavors plus whole grain goodness. Yum!

And normally when I see the word “creamy”, I assume there’s going to be some dairy involved but not here. The whole wheat pasta gets dressed up in mostly plants (hello veggies + nuts)! I think you’re gonna like this one, friends.

Creamy Strawberry and Avocado Salad, serves 4 as a meal or more as a side dish (see notes)

12 oz. whole wheat pasta (spirals or penne is great here)
10 oz. strawberries
1-2 avocados
1/2 cup sliced almonds

For the dressing:
1 avocado
juice from 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tablespoons water, if needed
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well and allow to fully cool. Sometimes I make the pasta the day before I plan to make pasta salad so I don’t have to wait on the noodles to cool off (as I think pasta salad should be served cold).

In a food processor, combine one avocado, lime juice, garlic, salt, and honey. Pulse well. Add the oil slowly while the food processor is running, or if that isn’t possible (some food processors don’t allow for this), add it in 2-3 batches, pulsing well in between. The sauce should be like a thick salad dressing, think ranch or caesar. If it’s too thick (more like guacamole), then add some water to thin it out. Taste and add more salt if you think it needs.

What a crazy fun color right? It’s kind of secret-of-the-ooze looking here. (If you get that reference, then we’re real friends.) 🙂

Hull and slice up the strawberries. Chop up another avocado, or two if yours are on the small side. Combine in a large bowl with the pasta, then pour the dressing over everything and toss. Top with the almonds and poppy seeds, and you’re in business!

This makes a really fun side dish, but if you’d like to turn it into more of a lunch situation, then just top a big pile of salad greens with some of this. Yum! xo. Emma

Notes: If you use this as more of a meal (on top of salad greens), it will probably be more like 4 servings. But if you plan to serve this alongside a main course, like veggie burgers or grilled salmon, then it could go further to serve more like 6-8. Great for a potluck.

This is best the day it’s made, preferably consumed within 2-4 hours of making. The chopped avocado, as it’s prone to do, will begin to brown after a while. I had some of this batch leftover and tried covering it well and refrigerating to see how it was the next day, and although the flavor was still great, the pasta had dried out some and the chopped avocado was brown and not super appetizing looking. So you don’t want leftover with this one, FYI.

Creamy Strawberry and Avocado Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with strawberries and avocado

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado, pasta salad, strawberry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

For the pasta:

  • 12 oz. whole wheat pasta spirals or penne are great here
  • 10 oz. strawberries
  • 1-2 avocados
  • ½ cup almonds sliced

For the dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • juice from 2 limes about ¼ cup
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons water if needed
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well and allow to fully cool. Sometimes I make the pasta the day before I plan to make pasta salad so I don’t have to wait on the noodles to cool off (as I think pasta salad should be served cold).

  2. In a food processor, combine one avocado, lime juice, garlic, salt, and honey. Pulse well. Add the oil slowly while the food processor is running, or if that isn’t possible (some food processors don’t allow for this), add it in 2-3 batches, pulsing well in between.

    The sauce should be like a thick salad dressing, think ranch or caesar. If it’s too thick (more like guacamole), then add some water to thin it out. Taste and add more salt if you think it needs.

  3. Hull and slice up the strawberries. Chop up another avocado, or two if yours are on the small side.

    Combine in a large bowl with the pasta, then pour the dressing over everything and toss. Top with the almonds and poppy seeds, and you’re in business!

Recipe Notes

If you use this as more of a meal (on top of salad greens), it will probably be more like 4 servings. But if you plan to serve this alongside a main course, like veggie burgers or grilled salmon, then it could go further to serve more like 6-8. Great for a potluck.

This is best the day it’s made, preferably consumed within 2-4 hours of making. The chopped avocado, as it’s prone to do, will begin to brown after a while. I had some of this batch leftover and tried covering it well and refrigerating to see how it was the next day, and although the flavor was still great, the pasta had dried out some and the chopped avocado was brown and not super appetizing looking. So you don’t want leftover with this one, FYI.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • I made this and it was so yummy! Perfect amount of zest and balanced with the sweet strawberries. Will definitely make again 🙂

  • This sweet and salty pasta mix is so bright and colorful! Perfect for July 4th bbqing!

  • This looks delicious! Can you make it even if you don’t have a food procesor?

  • This looks amazing great for the summer, its on my list to make 🙂 x Thanks for sharing

  • This looks delish! I love me some good pasta, definitely trying this! Thank you for sharing xo

  • Never thought of it, but it sounds like a genius idea to combine avocado and strawberries. Have to give it a try 🙂

  • Ok, wow. This looks amazing! I’m not much of a cook, but I think I’m going to have to try this. This recipe looks like a great reason to have some friends over this weekend!

  • I’ve actually never tried avocado and pasta together before! This looks really tempting and tasty, although personally I’d leave the strawberries out. Thank you for the recipe! I’m eager to try it someday. x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  • I need to try this soon! It looks amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • I made the salad for dinner tonight. Together with the bbq it was very delicious.

  • This sweet and salty pasta mix is so bright and colorful! Perfect for July 4th bbqing!

  • This looks so good! I never would have thought to add strawberries to a pasta but I love the idea of it! It sounds like the perfect dish for a summer night, eating outside!

    Caitlin
    wandererandwolf.com

  • Yum, this is perfect for summer weather!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • Wow looks totally delicious, I want to make it!

    xo
    Phyllis
    http://desgeulasse.com/

  • I love avocado, I’ll try it
    The Pink Pineapple
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  • I’d totally turn this into a main dish. Love the vibrant colours – strawberry and avocado sounds like a delicious combination!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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