Chickpea Rotini Pasta Salad with Watermelon, Asparagus & Feta

2019-02-27
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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.

Instructions

Step 1

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

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

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

Step 4

Chef Notes: Try preparing this dish with any of the 4 varieties of Barilla® Legume Pasta - Red Lentil Penne, Red Lentil Rotini, Chickpea Rotini and Chickpea Casarecce.

Try substituting fresh lemon or lime juice for the sherry vinegar in the dressing to add bright citrus notes.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Barilla Chickpea Rotini
  • 1 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 6 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 1 gallon diced seedless watermelon
  • 3 lbs bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 lbs crumbled feta cheese
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 cups loosely packed mint leaves, torn
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 449
Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
35%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
17%
Sodium 968mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 10g
Protein 22g
44%

Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 32%
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.