BLT Chickpea Pasta Salad

So you gotta know that this BLT Chickapea Pasta Salad is going to become a regular in your household after it hits the table for the first time.  I love that this pasta offers the full meal deal with loads of protein and fiber.  Best of all, kids are digging this.  I get so excited when I see children tasting Chickapea pasta for the first time because they always gobble it up and ask for seconds!

BLT Chickpea Pasta Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

With Father’s Day coming up, this recipe seemed like the perfect answer to please everyone while still keeping it healthy.   There are lots of vegetarian and vegan bacon choices on the market now so if you prefer to go meatless, they would be a good alternative.

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato with Pasta | Simply Fresh Dinners

Creating recipes for Chickapea Pasta is a joy and I look forward to pairing the perfect, healthy seasonal ingredients with each dish.  I am particularly fond of this dish because this flavor combo is always a hit and it’s a breeze to make.  I made a quick and easy semi-Italian dressing that you toss onto your hot pasta and let it absorb the scrumptious ingredients while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Chickapea Pasta with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato | Simply Fresh Dinners

You can use this as a side dish or the main for Dad’s special day and it’s a meal that the kids can help prepare.   What are you making for Dad on Sunday?  Share it with the Chickapea family on Instagram by hashtagging #chickapeapasta so we can see what you’re up to in your kitchen!

Summer BLT Pasta Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

You can find more of my Chickapea Pasta recipes here.    A two ingredient pasta that beats all the rest in flavor. texture and nutrients.  Cheers to good health and delicious eating!

This post is sponsored by Chickapea Pasta but all of my opinions of this fabulous pasta are strictly my own.

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BLT Chickpea Pasta Salad

So you gotta know that this BLT Chickapea Pasta Salad is going to become a regular in your household after it hits the table for the first time. I love that this pasta offers the full meal deal with loads of protein and fiber. Best of all, kids are digging this. I get so excited when I see children tasting Chickapea pasta for the first time because they always gobble it up and ask for seconds!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Robyn Gleason

Ingredients

  • 1 box (227 g, ½ lb) Chickapea pasta spirals
  • 1/2 pound (226 g) bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups (400 g) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup (5 g) chopped herbs (basil, parsley, chives)
  • 1/4 cup (5 g) baby arugula, thick stem discarded
  • Small red onion, sliced
  • DRESSING
  • 1 cup (240 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cup (300 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon (6.3g) basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon (2,6 g) Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon (1,3 g) freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.65) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) honey

Instructions

  1. Dressing

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well till smooth. This will make about 2 ¼ cups and will keep up to 1 month. You need only 1 cup for the recipe.  

  2. Salad

    Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and add dressing; tossing well to combine. Let cool.

  3. Meanwhile cook bacon according to your taste. I like it just before it’s crispy! Cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Add bacon, tomatoes, herbs, arugula and onion to the pasta and toss. Add more vinaigrette at this point if desired.

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7 Comments

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Pasta salads are a staple for me during the Summer, so I’ll be adding this one to the rotation! Looks perfect and love all the flavours going on. And bacon, of course 🙂
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      Robyn
      June 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

      I love pasta salads too, Jennifer, and when I can sneak bacon into any dish I’m happy 🙂
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    Chris Scheuer
    June 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Yum, what a wonderful combination of ingredients in this beautiful salad Robyn! Who doesn’t love BLT’s?

    • Reply
      Robyn
      June 16, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Thanks, Chris. My little nephews are big fans of BLT’s so I’m hoping they like these salads too!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 16, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I love the whole idea of this salad – great combination and of course I love the Chickapea Pasta! My husband would love this – you know – bacon and all! Have a terrific weekend!
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      Robyn
      June 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

      I love this because it’s so easy, Tricia, and the dressing adds that extra punch of flavour 🙂 Enjoy your weekend too!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I make a BLT salad, but have never thought to do it with pasta. Great idea! More substantial, and I love pasta salads. Genius! Thanks.
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