Pasta and Chickpea Salad (Ensalada de Pasta y Garbanzo)

by Erica Dinho on May 27, 2010

Pasta and Chickpeas Salad

My lunches have changed since moving to the US, obviously, as I live a different life, in a different country.

Growing up my mom always made a good lunch. Everytime we came home from school, lunch was waiting for us at the table. She usually made soup, salad, fresh fruit juice and a main dish. I have to confess that I used to be a picky eater, so I was not a huge food fan, but I miss those delicious lunches that my mom used to make.

I hope you enjoy this Pasta and Chickpea Salad that I made for my lunch this week. It was easy, simple, healthy and really good.



  • 1/2 lb cooked elbows
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 1 pin grape tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • Basil to your taste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


Place the pasta in a bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber and chickpeas.

To make the dressing: Whisk together the ingredients to emulsify.

Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan and basil, and toss well.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM

That looks wonderful! Perfect for a warm summer night’s dinner. :)



2 Anna May 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I love chickpea in salads it makes the salad so meaty, It looks great and very healthy. :-)


3 Simply Life May 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Oh great salad idea -this would be perfect to take to lunch!


4 sanyukta gour(bayes) May 27, 2010 at 4:39 PM

my favorite…looks lovely and delicious……….superbbbbb


5 Baking is my Zen May 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Looks great. Simple yet good! :)


6 Mary May 27, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Anything this pretty just has to taste good. I love your recipes and the tone of your blog. I’m so glad you stop by mine. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary


7 Karen May 27, 2010 at 5:58 PM

What a great lunch. I just love chickpeas.


8 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best May 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM

This looks like a great salad to prepare ahead of time and have for lunch. Delicious!


9 Joy May 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

What a great salad!


10 Erica May 27, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Thank all for visiting my site :)


11 Belinda @zomppa May 27, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Simple, but yes, I can’t wait to try!


12 Anh May 28, 2010 at 12:14 AM

My eating habits change when I move to Australia, too. Much less time, and no one cooks for me :P

Love this dish. My kind of lunch, really. Healthy, fresh and delicious.


13 Ivy May 28, 2010 at 1:22 AM

A great looking dish!


14 grace May 28, 2010 at 6:58 AM

light, refreshing, and delicious–this is a perfect potluck salad!


15 Kim May 28, 2010 at 8:31 AM

This looks like a lovely lunch and I bet your husband likes it too! Chickpeas are a magical ingredient; I love them.


16 lisaiscooking May 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I love chickpeas, and this sounds like a great lunch! Actually, I’d love to have a big bowl of this salad in the refrigerator to enjoy for several lunches in a row.


17 tasteofbeirut May 29, 2010 at 10:58 PM

This is a great lunch especially with the garbanzos that give us some heartiness and satisfy hunger with all that good protein; the dressing is great, just the same I use generally.


18 Chris May 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Wow, Erica, what a great dish for summer lunches!


19 Erica June 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Thank you guys! This is a delicious salad.


20 Aparna June 4, 2010 at 12:39 AM

This sounds so good, it would be my entire meal!


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