Mediterranean Pasta Salad

I wanted a healthy pasta salad to serve with the Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce I was making for dinner. I found this recipe at Cookie and Kate┬áthat looked perfect and it used what I already had on hand which was very convenient. I love the texture of Israeli couscous and it soaked the flavor of the lemony vinaigrette up nicely. I also really enjoyed the subtle flavor and crisp texture of the raw vegetables. The pine nuts, feta, and basil made this pasta salad extra delicious. My husband and I loved it but my kids said it had too many veggies in it. You can’t win them all I guess.

Boil one cup of salted water. Add the Israeli couscous to the water reduce heat to low then cover with a lid and cook for the time stated in the couscous instructions. Drain any excess water if there is any.  Set aside to cool.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste together in a large serving bowl. Set aside. Once the pasta is cool, add it to the vinaigrette along with the chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, zucchini, squash, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, and fresh basil. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed. Serve and enjoy.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 13-15 min.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Israeli couscous
2 tbsp olive oil
Zest & juice of 1 small lemon
1 large clove of garlic, minced
Dash of dried oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Sea sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
10 kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 medium zucchini, small dice
1/2 small yellow squash, small dice
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp feta cheese
1/4 cup basil, chopped

Directions:

Boil one cup of salted water. Add the Israeli couscous to the water reduce heat to low then cover with a lid and cook for the time stated in the couscous instructions. Drain any excess water if there is any. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste together in a large serving bowl. Set aside. Once the pasta is cool, add it to the vinaigrette along with the chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, zucchini, squash, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, and fresh basil. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed. Serve and enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cookie and Kate

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13 Responses to “Mediterranean Pasta Salad”

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 14, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    What a delicious pasta salad this is! I love the amount of vegetables that’s in this, I would even serve it for our main dinner.

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    rosita — August 14, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Saludable y completa ensalada colorida y exquisita,saludos.

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    Kris — August 14, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    Hi Pam. Looks so nice and refreshing! We are getting hot here now, so I can use all the salad ideas I can get. Thanks.
    XO Kris

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 14, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    I love veggies. The more the better! :) This sounds divine Pam.

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    Kim in MD — August 15, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    I spied this salad yesterday and couldn’t wait for you to post it. I thought the couscous was corn, though! I love the flavors in this salad, and will definitely be making this soon. Thanks, Pam!

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    Laura — August 15, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    This looks so beautiful and fresh! All of the ingredients are great :)

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    Lia — August 15, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Hi Pam,
    Another great suggestion of yours.
    I have a pack of those giant couscous in my cupboard so, I might use it using like this!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Marjie — August 15, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    If everyone was happy, you might just wonder what was wrong! This looks like a fine addition to what was surely a very good meal.

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    Debbie — August 15, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    This is great….I love all the colors. Makes it looks so delicious!

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    Joanne — August 15, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    This is my kind of meal! Love those mediterranean flavors AND all the veggies!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — August 15, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    This pasta salads sounds delicious. I would love the whole meal that you made with this salad.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 15, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    My kind of pasta dish for the lunch!

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    Robin Merrell — August 18, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I made this dish tonight for supper, and it is delicious!!!

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