Chickpea Rotini Pasta Salad with Watermelon, Asparagus & 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.


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.


  • 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
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 968mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 10g
Protein 22g

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.