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Avocado Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

20 minute vegetarian avocado tomato chickpea pasta salad with mediterranean flavors and a bold lemon basil dressing. Refreshing and perfect for parties or meal prep!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

chickpea pasta salad in a bowl with avocado, tomatoes, red onion and feta

Today’s recipe is all about ZE PASTA. Don’t be afraid of the noodle people; we’re way past those days. In fact, I’m starting to think that pasta is making a big comeback and I’m not mad about it. Tony’s probably even more excited because he always says that I don’t make enough pasta.

But when I do finally whip up some noodles, I can tell you that I ain’t making no basic chicken alfredo for dinner. (Even though chicken alfredo is actually delicious.)

Instead I’m making pasta with allllllll the veggies, heart-healthy avocado and of course, some jazzy vinaigrette I dreamt up.

chickpea pasta salad with avocado, tomato, red onion and feta in a bowl

This pasta salad is nutritious, full of plant based protein (hi chickpeas) and one of my favorite recipes to bring to a party because it has SO much flavor. It’s also an amazing way to fuel up pre or post workout and makes the best lunch because the leftovers keep well.

So what’s in this magical, less than 30 minute meal?

YOUR FAVORITE PASTA. 

CHICKPEAS.

RED ONION.

AVOCADO.

CUTE JUICY CHERRY TOMATOES.

FETA OR … GOAT CHEESE!

AND A WONDERFUL LEMON BASIL VINAIGRETTE.

chickpea pasta salad in a bowl with avocado, tomato, red onion and feta

If you want to make it gluten free, simply use a gluten free pasta of choice. It’s going to be FANTASTIC anyway you do it up.

Serve it cold and garnish it with some extra basil. Everyone’s going to be asking you for the recipe!

Tony just asked me for another serving so now you know it’s a winner. Enjoy!

chickpea pasta salad in a bowl with two spoons

SEE HOW TO MAKE THE PASTA HERE:

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram or leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it. Enjoy — xo!

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Mediterranean Avocado Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

4.62 from 13 votes
Course Lunch, Pasta, Vegetarian
Keyword chickpea pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 6
20 minute vegetarian avocado tomato chickpea pasta salad with mediterranean flavors and a bold lemon basil dressing. Refreshing and perfect for parties or meal prep!

Ingredients

  • For the pasta
  • 8 oz whole wheat or gluten free pasta (I like Orecchiette)
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (about 1 pound)
  • ½ cup feta crumbles
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Optional: 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • To garnish:
  • Torn basil leaves

Instructions

  1. First make the dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender. You can also whisk them together in a medium bowl, but you'll need to make sure that the basil is finely diced. I prefer the blender method because it minced the garlic for you. Set aside the dressing until pasta is ready.
  2. Next cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Al dente is best here. Once pasta is done, rinse with cool water and drain, then add to a large bowl. Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, feta, avocado, red onion and optional olives. Fold in dressing and gently stir until pasta is well combined. Season with freshly ground black pepper and torn basil leaves. Serves 6.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is calculated used whole wheat pasta. For a more protein rich pasta, use chickpea pasta or a bean pasta.

TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: Use a GF pasta such as brown rice pasta or chickpea pasta.

FOR A FULL MEAL: Add 1 pound diced, cooked chicken breast.

TO MAKE VEGAN: Leave off the feta and use almond milk feta or a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast instead, or just leave out cheese completely.

Nutrition
Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 1
Calories: 332kcal
Fat: 12.3g
Saturated fat: 2.6g
Carbohydrates: 47.7g
Fiber: 8.3g
Sugar: 3.5g
Protein: 10.4g

 

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