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Healthy Italian Pasta Salad with chickpeas and Italian dressing
4.50 from 2 votes

Healthy Italian Pasta Salad

This Healthy Italian Pasta salad has it all, it's simple, delicious, colourful and fresh. It's great to serve as a side dish or eat on its own!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Mains, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: light, mayo free, summer
Servings: 4
Author: Ayeh
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  • 300 g short pasta (I’ve used sea shell pasta)
  • 250 g cooked or canned chickpeas
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 100 g black olives
  • 150 g marinated artichokes
  • 2 big handfuls arugula leaves (rocket)
  • 60 g Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan cheese)


  • 4-5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon vinegar or 1 lemon squeezed
  • 1 bunch chopped parsley leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Cook pasta in heavily salted boiling water until al dente (make sure not to overcook the pasta)
  • While the pasta is cooking, make the Italian salad dressing by combining the ingredients in a large serving bowl and whisk.
  • Chop the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives and artichokes into bite sized pieces
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and let it cool down a little. Add the pasta straight into the serving bowl and mix into the dressing while it's still slightly warm
  • Add the chopped vegetables along with the chickpeas and arugula leaves and mix together. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve your Healthy Italian Pasta Salad!