Vegan Gnocchi Salad With Tomatoes & Feta

August 4, 2022
Most gnocchi recipes are typically served hot and slathered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s far too warm out to be eating such a heavy, filling meal, but I had a package of gnocchi in my cupboard that was waiting to be eaten. Instead of serving it fresh off the heat, I let the gnocchi chill and made a cooling summer salad with it. I used classic Italian flavors to make up this salad—tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic. I used vegan feta cheese because that is what I had and it worked wonderfully, but mozzarella would also be a wonderful choice.

This is a fun way to mix up cold salads in the summer without using pasta or potatoes. It’s also super easy and quick to make, with the gnocchi taking only about five minutes to prepare. I like to boil mine for a minute before pan frying it, to give it a more crispy outside. I used pre-packaged gnocchi, but you can make your own homemade if you would rather. On the other hand, you can use bottled Italian dressing if you don’t want to make your own.
vegan gnocchi salad in a white dish against a brown and black background

Vegan Gnocchi Salad With Tomatoes & Feta

Recipe Type: Detox Salads
utensils YIELDS 2–3 servings
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  • 2 cups gnocchi
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chiffonade
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • For the dressing:
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Stir in:
  • 1/4 cup vegan feta cheese
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1. Prepare gnocchi according to package. Set aside while you prepare other ingredients.

2. In a mixing bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onions, peppers, basil, and garlic.

3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing.

4. Add the gnocchi and the dressing to the veggies and mix well to coat.

5. Stir in the feta. Use more or less of the prepared dressing, depending on preference. 

6. Place in the fridge for about an hour to chill before serving for best results.

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Photo: Lauren Sacerdote

Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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