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Chickpea and fennel pasta salad

4
3
3
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
30 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
10 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
This Mediterranean-influenced pasta salad gets its crunch and slight sweetness from raw diced fennel while feta cheese gives it a flavourful punch. Both ingredients marry well with herbaceous, lemon-Dijon homemade dressing. Don’t discard the fennel’s fronds so you can use them to garnish the finished dish.

Ingredients

Uncooked orzo

¾ cup(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s), for cooking orzo

Fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp(s)

Olive oil

1 tbsp(s), extra virgin

Fresh oregano

1 tbsp(s), minced

Dijon Mustard

2 tsp(s), grainy variety

Kosher salt

1½ tsp(s)

Minced garlic

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)

Chickpeas (15 oz)

15 oz, rinsed and drained

Plum tomato(es)

4 medium, seeded, chopped

Uncooked fennel bulb(s)

1 medium, trimmed, diced (reserve 1/2 cup fennel fronds)

Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

12 oz, rinsed, drained, chopped (about 1 cup)

Crumbled feta cheese

¼ cup(s)

Uncooked shallot(s)

3 tbsp(s), minced

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo in salted boiling water until al dente, about 9 minutes; drain and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, oregano, mustard, kosher salt, garlic and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine orzo with chickpeas, tomatoes, fennel, roasted peppers, feta and shallot; drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Garnish with chopped fennel fronds, if desired.
  4. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Notes

Because this recipe makes such a large yield try it with garlic-grilled chicken skewers at your next outdoor gathering. Or since it’s also delicious chilled, plan to reserve the leftovers for a quick lunch or supper later in the week. We’ve used orzo but you could use any other short shaped pasta like small sea-shell or macaroni if you have either of them already stored in your pantry.