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Mediterranean Chickpea Pasta Salad

Looking for a refreshing and nutritious dish that’s perfect for warm weather or any time you crave a taste of the Mediterranean? This Mediterranean Chickpea Pasta Salad is a delightful fusion of fresh vegetables, tangy olives, and creamy feta cheese, all brought together with a zesty homemade dressing. Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it’s also packed with protein and fiber thanks to the chickpea pasta, making it a wholesome choice for a light lunch or a satisfying side dish. Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering or preparing a quick weeknight meal, this vibrant salad is sure to impress with its colorful presentation and delicious taste. Follow the simple steps below to create this delectable and healthy Mediterranean-inspired salad.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes            Cook Time: 10 minutes          Yield: 1.5 cups   


  • 8 oz. uncooked chickpea pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced 
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced 
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chives, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Lemons, for garnish


  1. Cook the chickpea pasta according to the package instructions. Make sure not to overcook it, as chickpea pasta tends to become mushy if cooked for too long. Once cooked, drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow it to cool completely.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled chickpea pasta, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped red onion, olives, and crumbled feta cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, honey, salt, pepper, basil and chives to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Gently toss everything together until the pasta and vegetables are evenly coated with the dressing. Garnish the salad with fresh chopped parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

  • When looking to add variety to your meals, consider experimenting with different types of pasta. Chickpea pasta offers a protein-packed, gluten-free option, while lentil pasta provides a hearty, fiber-rich alternative. Rice pasta is a great choice for those with gluten sensitivities, delivering a mild flavor and smooth texture. Exploring these diverse pastas can elevate your dishes and cater to various dietary preferences.
  • If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will keep well for a day or two, but the vegetables may release some moisture over time, so it’s best enjoyed fresh.

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