Monday, August 3, 2015

Zucchini & Chickpea Pasta Salad

Another week of hot and humid weather meant another week of cold lunches. Fortunately, I really love cold food during the summer. Veggies and hummus. Fresh fruit. Sandwiches. Salads. Yum!

Last week I couldn't get enough of Zucchini & Chickpea Pasta Salad. For an extra serving of veggies, I recommend serving on top of mixed greens. Such a great summer lunch or dinner!



Zucchini & Chickpea Pasta Salad

3 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 tsp olive oil
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing
Mixed greens for serving
Pine nuts for serving

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add rotini pasta, cook until al dente, then drain off water.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add zucchini and saute until crisp tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, grape tomatoes and black olives. Add cooked pasta and zucchini. Toss with vinaigrette dressing. Refrigerate until cold.

When ready to eat, serve on top of mixed greens. Sprinkle each serving with pine nuts.

To view other Meatless Monday recipes, view the link up at Confessions of a Mother Runner or Fuel Your Future With Tina Muir!


Tell me: What are your favorite pasta salad mix-ins?

- ST

10 comments:

  1. Yum! This looks super tasty! And I think I have all of those ingredients on hand! :)

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    1. Let me know if you end up trying the recipe - it makes a ton of pasta salad :)

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  2. Yes. Please. Pasta salad is a staple in my life right now because it's been so disgusting outside. I've been trying to think of more cold things to pack for my lunches. This sounds awesome. :)

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    1. I'm in the same boat - everything cold for lunch and nothing warm. Especially after a lunch workout. Ew.

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  3. I love chick peas in a pasta salad! This looks super easy and yummy. Thanks for linking up with us today

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad I was finally able to join the link up. Hope to participate again at some point :)

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  4. I love pasta salad because it is so versatile. You can use so many different veggies and add-ins. And I love pine nuts in salads (too bad they're soooo expensive!).

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    1. I know what you mean about pine nuts! I happened to have some leftover from making pesto. But usually I use almonds to add a little crunch in salads :)

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  5. This looks fabulous, I really need to make more salads on my own! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. You're welcome! The best thing about making your own salads is you can include all your favorites. :)

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