What’s Cooking: Mediterranean pasta salad

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Shauna Meany from Good Chives shares a great summer salad recipe called Mediterranean Pasta Salad. You can follow Good Chives on Instagram for great meal prep advice and recipes.

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 8 oz dry pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cups fresh herbs – I like basil, dill and mint!
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta cooks, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  3. Drain the pasta, toss it with a little olive oil (this prevents it sticking as one big clump!) and let it cool to room temp.
  4. In a large serving bowl, mix pasta, tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, cucumbers, feta cheese, basil, parsley, mint, and pine nuts. Pour the dressing and toss to coat.

Meal Prep Tip:

  • The flavors in this salad meld together wonderfully while it sits in the fridge. But I recommend adding the arugula right before serving if you are making ahead! This way they don’t wilt too much.

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