Cajun-inspired Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are wonderful. They’re tasty, filling, and don’t require heating to bring as lunches.This one is a particular favorite of mine, inspired by the Cajun sausages sold at Jean-Talon market in Montreal. Perfect for end-of-summer veggies, and just slightly spicy!

Cajun-inspired Pasta Salad


  • 4 Cajun sausages (smoked or spiced would do equally well here), sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4-6 peppers, sliced (I used a mix of green and red)
  • 6-8 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 1lb bag of penne
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • 2-3 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt (add more to taste)


1. Take the sliced sausages and cook them on medium heat until they are cooked through. Set aside.

2. Cook the penne in salted water.

3. Slice all the vegetables. Once the pan is free, add the onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and add the celery. Cook for a further 2 minutes, and add the peppers. Cook until the peppers are slightly cooked but still crunchy, approximately 2-3 more minutes. Add the vegetables to the sausages and pasta.

4. Put into a mason jar (or blender) the olive oil, Dijon, red wine vinegar, garlic, paprika, oregano,cayenne, and salt. Shake vigorously (or zizz through the blender) until smooth. Pour onto the pasta/sausage/vegetable mixture (taste-test this: the vinaigrette tends to be enough for two batches of salad, and keeps in the fridge really well!) and enjoy!



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