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Pasta Salad with Chickpeas


Pasta Salad with Chickpeas – Make this your go-to pasta salad. It’s a hearty, mayo-based vegetarian dish that has it all: There’s crunch from the green beans and protein from the chickpeas, while red onion adds a bite and fresh basil brings herbal freshness.


Pasta Salad with Chickpeas

Using the side of a chef’s knife, mash garlic with 1 teaspoon salt into a paste.

Transfer to a small bowl; whisk in lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, and mayonnaise.

Stir in 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in generously salted water according to package directions until cooked all the way through.

Drain (but don’t rinse, which would waterlog the noodles), then spread on a rimmed baking sheet.

Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss green beans, onions, capers and brine, and chickpeas with vinaigrette.

Add pasta; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate up to a day ahead; let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving. (Cold pasta salad is too firm and less flavorful.)

Toss with Parmigiano-Reggiano and basil; serve.

Be sure to boil the noodles for the longest cooking time listed on the package, since they won’t continue to cook in piping-hot sauce as they would in warm dishes.

Enjoy your Pasta Salad with Chickpeas.

Pasta Salad with Chickpeas Ingredients

1 small clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup mayonnaise
1 pound farfalle
3 cups green beans, sliced and blanched
½ cup chopped red onion (for less bite, soak it in cold water for 10 minutes, then drain)
3 tablespoons capers, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons brine
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated (¼ cup)
½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

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