Healthy Recipe: Greek Pasta Salad with Chickpeas

wellness, recipeHave you ever wondered if there is such a thing as a healthy pasta dish? The Greek Pasta Salad with Chickpeas is full of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, hearty whole wheat pasta and protein-packed chickpeas. Monounsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your heart when used to replace saturated fat and trans fat in your diet. Change up your typical, unhealthy pasta dish with this delicious and healthy Greek Pasta Salad.

Serves 6

Ingredients

8 ounces whole wheat penne or rotini

14 oz canned chickpeas – drained and rinsed

1 cup cherry tomatoes – sliced in half

1 cup diced cucumber

½ cup red onion – sliced thinly

4 ounces feta cheese – crumbled

12 kalamata olives – pitted and thinly sliced

¼ cup minced parsley

Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove – grated

1 teaspoon dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside in a medium bowl.
  2. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta, olives and parsley to the pasta and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette then drizzle on top of the pasta salad. Toss salad until evenly coated with the vinaigrette then check for seasoning. Adjust accordingly with salt and pepper before serving.

Notes: Grating garlic with a grater such as a Microplane is an easy way to ensure that no one bites on a large piece of raw garlic.

Source: Humana Vitality & www.heart.org

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