Greek Chickpea Pasta Salad

by jenna on March 1, 2013

Happy Friday!

Lately, I’ve been craving lighter meals as Spring slowly starts to creep around the corner. You guys know how much I love Mediterranean flavors {I think I could eat a shoe if it was covered in feta} and this chickpea pasta salad, with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and artichokes, has become a lunchtime staple for me.

What I really love about this salad is the fact that no outside dressing is required. All you need is one of those small jars of marinated artichoke hearts! Just dump the whole thing in, mix and eat. So easy and delicious!

I love to make big batches of salads like this to eat off of all week long. They keep great and always end up tasting better the second or third day around. For an extra boost of fiber and nutrition, use either whole wheat or veggie elbow macaroni!

Hope y’all like this! I’m baking desserts all day for one of my best friend’s baby showers tomorrow. Staying full on a healthy pasta salad like this will be the only saving grace from me eating a few too many cupcakes today…you know, just to make sure they are okay to serve tomorrow. ;)

Grab the recipe over at PBS Food and have a lovely Friday!

I’ll see your smiling faces bright and early tomorrow morning for a virtual cup of coffee. Join me!

 

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 1, 2013 at 3:05 am

I havent clicked over for the recipe yet but it looks like maybe there’s artichokes involved, which I love. And yes, spring is maybe? coming soon? Maybe?! We can hope :)

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Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian March 1, 2013 at 4:17 am

I could really go for some of this pasta salad right now (and yes I know it’s only 7am as I’m posting this)! There’s been no spring weather to speak of yet, so I can’t say I’ve been craving lighter meals just yet, but I can’t wait until that happens!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 1, 2013 at 4:24 am

This sounds awesome Jenna! I’m all about the big batch cooking as well. I love to cook, but sometimes it’s just so much nicer not to have to do it during the week. Have fun baking today!

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Molly @ RDexposed March 1, 2013 at 5:07 am

I’m still trying to convince myself that I like olives. No luck yet.

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Joelle ( on a pink typewriter) March 1, 2013 at 5:57 am

This reminds of a little appetizer in this Greek diner where I grew up!

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Dana March 1, 2013 at 6:01 am

Love this! Yum!

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Bob Lee March 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

Looks fantastic! Going over to PBS and get the recipe, then to the market. and on the table tonight.
Can’t wait!!
Thank you!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

Ooo I love pasta salad and almost anything Greek, so this looks like perfection. YUM!

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} March 1, 2013 at 6:42 am

Can’t wait til spring is right around the corner in Utah! That will most likely be a few more months, hah. This looks delicious in the meantime!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks March 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

Now thiiiiiis is what my face needs.

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Sarah cook March 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

Perfect picnic food! Sounds awesome. I can’t wait to see the desserts you’re making.

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Heather March 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

I thought I saw artichokes in there. My favorite!

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Elizabeth March 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

This looks amazing. I need to start making more things like this to take to lunch. Since I’m usually half-three quarters asleep still when I pack my lunch, it’s gotta be something I can do ahead of time. And olives, artichokes, and feta? I mean, how can you possibly go wrong?!

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a farmer in the dell March 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

This sounds so stinking good! my kind of pasta salad!

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allie@sweetpotatobites March 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

Greek pasta salad is the best! I’ll definitely be trying this.

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Emily@2:DESIGN:CENTS March 1, 2013 at 8:05 am

This sounds awesome! I’ll have to make it!

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Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk March 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

I may just have to make this salad this weekend and bring it for lunch all week!

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

This looks really good! And great for a weekend of camping or getting away without having to spend the time cooking or spending money on meals out!

I can’t wait for virtual coffee date tomorrow- I already have my coffee ready :)

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Julia March 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love pasta salads…so easy to make, and great for picnics or lunches throughout the week. This looks wonderful!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

This looks beyond delicious! Fantastic recipe!!!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

Aww, yum!! This sounds great!

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

I am craving lighter foods too. So over winter…

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Corinne March 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

Making a big batch for the week is such a good idea!

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Beth @ CraveableCleveland March 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Love when you post recipes like this – make lunch packing a lot easier! And lunch packing is usually NO FUN at all :).

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

This sounds awesome and SO refreshing! It would be perfect for Spring and Summer barbecues! Can you tell that I have an itch for some warm weather?? ;) Thanks for sharing!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Salads like this are perfect for quick lunches all week long. Plus, I’m with you – feta on a shoe sounds amazing! ;)

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Emily March 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I love quick-to-make lunches. And don’t get me started on feta … and olives! Mmm.

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hilary March 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

What brand artichokes did you use? Some brands I find taste a little off so dumping the whole jar in would scare me…

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Caroline L. March 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

My obsession with feta has been taking dangerous turns lately… I literally won’t eat anything that’s not covered with feta. Problematic. But this looks soooo good!

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Sam P. March 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

What kind of Pasta is this?!

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Elizabeth March 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Lighter meals are definitely in the order! I love that this has pasta and chickpeas!

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Jane @ Not Plain So Jane March 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Looks easy, healthy & delicious. Using tri-color pasta makes it prettier too!

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Wendy March 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I love artichokes – not many people seem to use them these days – yum!!

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Mary Eliza March 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Oh WOW! This looks so delicious. I could eat pasta salad every day :)

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Becky March 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Chickpeas are fantastic. Try this easy chickpea recipe too. Warm a can of Tuna then in a bowl mix a little chopped red onion, chickpeas, chopped basil – Takes about 45 seconds to make and is light and delicious.

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Belinda March 4, 2013 at 3:40 am

I made this this last night and it was delicious! I served it with salmon we smoked on our Big Green Egg. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

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Debra March 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

Recently found your blog. First time commenting. Great recipes! Love the flavors in this one. Substituted quinoa for the pasta and added chopped parsley. Was deelish:) Thanks!

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Sarah Carman @running2xs.com March 5, 2013 at 4:07 am

I cannot wait to try this recipe!!

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Becky March 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Chickpeas are just so delicious. Fabulous texture and taste. A meal you can make in about 45 seconds is chickpeas plus a finely chopped red onion, a finely chopped pepper and a can of Tuna in oil, mixed together. It’s light, tasty and simple. Sometimes I heat the tuna a little – sometimes not.

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