This Gluten-Free Buffalo Pasta Salad was made on a whim this past Memorial Day Weekend and I’m not sure how it has taken me this long to make it. I’m not usually one to go for a pasta salad but when I had the ingredients for Buffalo Pasta Salad, I decided why not give it a go?!
I love a good get together. I’m incredibly extroverted so this comes as no shock to those that know me. I’d much rather be surrounded by friends, family, and dogs than be secluded. Yes, I know, I work from home, and that confuses people. However, It actually works out nicely because there are far fewer distractions. I’m much more productive when I don’t have friends to talk to 🙂 That being said I like to optimize my weekend and fun time, work hard, play hard kinda gal over here.
Speaking of, I head to Austin, TX tonight and am BEYOND excited. If you have any tips, tricks or must-see/dos let me know. Otherwise, follow my trip on Instagram!
Memorial Day Workout
This past weekend was anything but boring. I decided that I was going to spend all weekend celebrating my birthday and the holiday weekend with friends. The weekend consisted of a lot of working out, food, ciders & laughing. There was even some sunshine, so I was one happy girl, errrrrm 30-year-old lady.
Every Memorial Day, our gym (and many other CrossFit gyms around the world) get together to do the workout called “Murph” named after the late Lt. Michael Murphy. It is the perfect workout to show respect for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It is probably one of my favorite workouts throughout the year because it tests you physically & mentally AND it is so fun to workout alongside so many others. I had a blast this year and PR’ed my time by almost 4 minutes with a 14lb weighted vest. It’s amazing what consistency and hard work will do for you….and also having an endurance background.
1-mile run + 100 pull ups + 200 push ups + 300 air squats + 1 mile run = 37:41 this year
Memorial Day Get Together
After Murph, my friends and I decided we needed to hang out all day, eat, drink, play games and relax. So we had our friends over to celebrate. The nice thing about being friends with a bunch of foodies, is they always come with SO MUCH FOOD. A fed sassy is a happy sassy. I obviously had to contribute more than the venue, so I decided to try some new recipes. When I was thinking of what to make, I decided to go with something that I had most of the ingredients for. And thus, my gluten-free Buffalo Pasta Salad was born.
I have been loving Banza’s Chickpea pasta. It is gluten-free, high in protein and it holds up when cooked. Not to mention it tastes pretty good and I heard little complaints from the peanut gallery so it must’ve tasted alright. The food all day was delicious and I’m so glad I was lucky enough to be left some leftovers. And good thing I made a party size amount of the Pasta Salad because if not, this would’ve been the only picture you would’ve seen…
We are lucky to be able to celebrate as others protect our freedom. Thank you to all who have served and do serve so that we can enjoy days like this.
Buffalo Pasta Salad
Now for the real reason you are all here, the recipe. It was super easy to make and can be pumped up with vegetables of your choice. I would recommend making this for a party and doing so the night before. If you are making it for yourself, you can cut the recipe in half. I served it cold and think this time of year it is welcomed. The flavors seemed to meld nicely overnight as well so save yourself the day of the party and get the pasta salad made ahead of time!
Pro Tip: Add chicken to this dish to make it a full meal! Eat it hot or cold, you’ll come back for more, I promise.Print
- 16 oz. chickpea pasta (I used 2 boxes of Banza)
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing (I used Primal Kitchen)
- 5.3 oz. Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- 1/3 cup ghee/butter, melted
- 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cups cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
- Make pasta per directions on the box, drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, whisk together hot sauce and ghee/butter in a large bowl (may need to do over heat if too cold)
- Add ranch, yogurt and blue cheese to the bowl, whisk to combine.
- Add pasta to the bowl with hot sauce/yogurt mixture.
- Toss to coat evenly, add in vegetables and mix up!
- Enjoy as a side or add chicken to make a complete meal!
macros for 10 servings: 16g protein, 29g carbohydrate, 22g fat
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