Barilla Chickpea Penne Pasta Salad with Watermelon, Asparagus and Feta

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Juicy watermelon and cool mint simply dressed with a sweet-salty combination of flavors makes this pasta dish a perfect fit for summer menus. Try preparing this dish with any of the new 4 varieties of Barilla® Legume Pasta – Red Lentil Penne, Red Lentil Rotini, Chickpea Rotini and Chickpea Casarecce.


Step 1

Bring salted water to a boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stovetop. Add pasta; cook 1 min. less than directed on package. Drain; toss with ¼ cup olive oil, arrange pasta on sheet trays in single layer. Cover and refrigerate to cool.

Step 2

Combine vinegar, mustard, honey and paprika in blender or work bowl of food processor. Slowly add remaining olive oil in a steady stream. Blend until mixture is thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Gently toss pasta, watermelon, dressing, mint and half of the cheese in large bowl until combined. Serve topped with remaining cheese.


  • 3 lbs. Barilla Chickpea Penne
  • 1-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 gallon diced, seedless watermelon
  • 3 lbs. thin asparagus spears, trimmed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups loosely packed, torn mint leaves
  • 24 ounces crumbled feta cheese
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 451
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 374mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 12g
Protein 16g

Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 18%
Iron 24%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.