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Summer Pasta Salad

Celebrate summer with this colorful and healthy spin on pasta salad! It’s hard to beat seasonal summer veggies and chickpea pasta tossed with a fresh lemon Dijon dressing and crumbled feta. Light on prep and heavy on flavor, this recipe multiplies easily and is great for potlucks and barbeques.

Servings: 5

Serving Size: about 1 ½ cups (200g)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts:  233 calories / 33g carbs / 10.5g protein / 8.5g fat

Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

For pasta salad:

  • 6 oz (170g) uncooked “Barilla” chickpea rotini

  • 1 cup (165g) fresh or frozen corn kernels

  • 1 cup (52g) sliced cucumber 

  • 1 cup (149g) cherry tomatoes (halved)

  • ½ cup (120g) red onion (diced or thinly sliced)

  • ⅓ cup (37g) “Athenos” crumbled reduced fat feta cheese

For dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) fresh lemon juice (the juice from 1 lemon)

  • 2 tablespoons(27g) olive oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons (24g) Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Lightly steam corn in 1-2 inches of water on the stovetop for about 5 minutes. Just until warmed through - don’t overcook!

  2. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

  3. In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta, corn, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and dressing. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

  4. Serve room temperature or chilled. Enjoy as a side or alongside your favorite protein. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes:

  1. This recipe is easily multiplied - make a double batch to feed a crowd! However keep in mind that it doesn’t freeze well, so it’s best enjoyed fresh within 5 days.

  2. You can also add 12 ounces (340g) of chopped cooked chicken breast to this salad. The macros per 270g serving are: 33g carbs / 31g protein / 11g fat / 341 calories. 

  3. Make this recipe vegan by leaving out the feta cheese. The macros per 195g serving are: 32.5g carbs / 9g protein / 8g fat / 220 calories.

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