Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy Pasta Salad with Basil, Grape Tomatoes & Chickpeas


* Makes 6 servings (each serving is about 1 3/4 cup)

In Italy, a typical meal often consists of pasta tossed together with fresh ingredients that have not been cooked like tomatoes and basil. This recipe follows the same principle – you cook the pasta, but not the ingredients that go with the pasta. It’s a super fresh tasting dish that can be enjoyed as soon as it’s ready, but it’s also the perfect make-ahead lunch for work or school. Just store it in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy it all week long. The whole wheat pasta, grape tomatoes and chickpeas make it a truly healthy and a totally delicious alternative to sandwiches made with cold cuts. Your whole family will love it!

1 box (300g) Catelli Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Bows
2 cups (480 mL) grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup (250 mL or 40g) fresh basil, chopped
3/4 cup (190 mL) red onion, sliced
1 can (540 mL/19 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
* optional: ½ cup (125 mL) peanuts, chopped

Dressing:

¼ cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp (45 mL) balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp (5 mL) salt
¼ tsp (2 mL) ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions.
2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl combine halved grape tomatoes, chopped basil, sliced red onion, chickpeas and peanuts.
3. When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the grape tomato and chickpea mixture.
4. In a small bowl or measuring cup whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing.
5. Add the dressing to the pasta salad and mix well.
6. Serve immediately or put in the refrigerator in an airtight container to be enjoyed later as a cold pasta salad.

Please note: if you want to send this to school as a cold pasta salad in your child’s lunch, omit the peanuts (if your child doesn’t like onions, omit the red onion too – it still tastes great).

Nutritional Analysis (per serving without peanuts): 376 calories, 12 grams fat, 2 grams, saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 58 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams fibre, 8 grams sugars, 316 grams sodium, 11 grams protein

Nutritional Analysis (per serving with peanuts): 448 calories, 18 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 60 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams fibre, 9 grams sugars, 340 grams sodium, 14 grams protein

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