Lemon Herb Pasta Salad
This Lemon Herb Pasta Salad is super fresh and extremely easy to make for any occasion! Whether you are looking for a quick lunch to take to the park or the perfect side dish for a family get together, you’re going to love this recipe! Made with crisp and nourishing veggies and simple ingredients for an all around satisfying meal.
Some store bought pasta salads are made with processed ingredients and a variety of different oils. They may also be high in sodium, fat and lack protein. This recipe is rich in plant-based protein, healthy fats, packed with fiber and full of vitamins and minerals to give you confidence at meal time!
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Chickpeas are a great addition to any meal because they provide you with plant-based protein and fiber! In one 1/2 cup serving, you are providing your body with about 16% of it’s daily fiber needs! Fiber is essential for digestive health and may be preventative to certain diseases such as colorectal cancer.
Cucumbers are water-dense, containing approximately 95% water! The antioxidants found in cucumbers, such as flavonoids and tannins, may lower oxidation and fight free radicals, which is important for reducing the risk of disease.
Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease! Lycopene may also protect your skin from sun damage and sun burn. Tomatoes contain a good amount of vitamin C, which is essential for immune health as well as skin health.
Onions are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. They also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and the antioxidants quercetin and sulfur. These phytonutrients may be reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
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- 1 (10-oz) box penne pasta
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
- ½ cup sliced grape tomatoes
- ¼ cup diced cucumber
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- ½ cup sliced olives
- Lemon vinaigrette dressing
- 1 Limoneira classic lemon
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While pasta is cooking, make the dressing. In a small mixing bowl, slice and juice lemon. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Rinse pasta and add into a large bowl. Pour in dressing and stir to combine.
- Top with chickpeas and chopped veggies and enjoy!
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