Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

Prep Time40 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Fresh tabbouleh flavors get an added boost of protein from chickpeas, feta cheese and whole wheat pasta to make this a delicious side dish or entree salad.

Tabbouleh Pasta Salad - The Lemon Bowl

Happy Monday Everyone! Today is the big day – I am in Los Angeles to attend the Live Finale of Biggest Loser Season 14!!!! I am counting down the minutes until I get to see Jillian, Bob and all of the contestants from past seasons up close and personal!! Ok, calm down Liz.

To help me out while I’m quickly trying to lose 20 lbs and get a spray tan before showtime, I’ve invited my friend Julia from A Cedar Spoon to guest post. Not only are we both mothers of toddler boys but we both come from Middle Eastern families and have garlic, lemon and olive oil running through our veins.

Tabbouleh Whole Wheat Pasta Salad - The Lemon Bowl

Today’s recipe that I am sharing with you is a Middle Eastern favorite of mine with a little twist. This Tabbouleh Whole Wheat Pasta Salad is inspired by one of my favorite salads at Trader Joes. It mixes the traditional tabbouleh (minus the bulgar wheat), chickpeas, feta cheese and whole wheat pasta with a light lemony vinaigrette that is perfect for picnics, lunch or dinner.

Tabbouleh Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

This is one of my go-to salads that not only tastes great but is healthy for you. Some of the health benefits include:

The extra-virgin olive oil used in the dressing is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids (healthy fats) which helps to lower your risk of heart disease.

The chickpeas are full of protein, fiber and are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Lemon juice offers your body vitamin C and potassium helping to keep your immune system healthy.

And the list goes on…

As with many salads you can modify this to your tastes by adding vegetables like cucumber or red pepper, or using vegetable pasta instead of whole wheat pasta. Salads offer a chance to be creative in the kitchen.

By the second day you will notice the salad starts to lose the lemony taste because the pasta is soaking up the dressing. Add a little olive oil and lemon until the salad has the flavor you want.

I hope you get the chance to make this for your next family gathering or as a healthy lunch option.

Tabbouleh Pasta Salad - The Lemon Bowl

Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

4.80 stars average
Fresh tabbouleh flavors get an added boost of protein from chickpeas, feta cheese and whole wheat pasta to make this a delicious side dish or entree salad.
PREP: 40 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
Servings6

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups curly parsley (chopped)
  • 3-4 large tomatoes (diced)
  • 9-10 thinly sliced green onions ((about 1 bunch green parts only))
  • ½ can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2 oz crumbly feta cheese
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking and set aside.
  • Chop the tomatoes, parsley, green onion and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the chickpeas and feta cheese and mix together. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Slowly pour the lemon dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Place the salad in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the flavors soak into the salad.
  • Add the pasta into the salad and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Notes

Feel free to substitute whatever pasta you like. Add vegetables like cucumber, green or red pepper or radishes. Save the other ½ of the can of chickpeas in the refrigerator to use during the week to garnish salads.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 26.8gProtein: 7.5gFat: 11.8gSaturated Fat: 2.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 242mgFiber: 6.1gSugar: 4.2g

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34 responses to “Tabbouleh Pasta Salad”

  1. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    I have made this twice in the past week, and it is absolutely AMAZING. I will make it over and over again. It is perfect as part of a light lunch. It tastes just like tabbouleh but without all the work of chopping huge amounts of the herbs. And the whole-wheat pasta and chickpeas of course give it more substance to make it into a main dish for a light lunch. The amount of dressing is perfect. It holds up well in the fridge for several days. I am so glad I found this recipe!!! Thank you SO much!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoy it Jen!! Let me know if you try any other recipes of mine!

  2. JC Avatar
    JC

    So excited to come across this recipe. I’ve missed this salad from TJs, can’t believe they discontinued it. Going to try it out this weekend. Thank you.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I hope you love this!

  3. Maureen Avatar
    Maureen

    I made this and added half a bag of the TJ’s “power greens” — baby chard, baby kale and baby spinach. It’s amazing.

  4. Sheila Avatar
    Sheila

    MMMM this looks so delicious. I love to have this sort of salad in my fridge to nibble on. Thanks for introducing me to yet another awesome blog Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too!! I love salads that taste better the next day! Have a great week sista!

  5. Megan / Country Cleaver Avatar
    Megan / Country Cleaver

    Oh I love this so hard, Liz!! So fresh, perfect for spring.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I know right? I am so ready for Spring foods!!

  6. ellen doorn Avatar
    ellen doorn

    I saw you on Eight-West this AM baking a chicken, apple, and squash together. I did not see the entire show so was wondering what else was in the receipe. It looked delicious but didn’t get the entire receipe . Where can I find that receipe. It looked delicious,

    Thanks you,
    Ellen Doorn

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Ellen:

      Thank you for watching my segment! Here is the link to the recipe: https://thelemonbowl.com/2012/01/roast-chicken-with-apples-onions-and-sweet-potatoes.html

      I hope you enjoy!

      Liz

  7. Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} Avatar
    Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking}

    Liz – you were at the finale of The Biggest Loser??? I wish I would have watched!! I bet you had such a great time… I hope you post photos on here!

    Julia – I love this recipe. Great flavors, and you made it so much healthier with whole wheat pasta… yay! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YES!! If you watch the show at some point, I’m sitting right behind Bingo’s family!

  8. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts Avatar
    Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Liz and Julia,
    What a yummy looking salad! I never thought to do the rotini twist on bulgar but I can see how it would work seamlessly as a dish. Clever!
    Julia,
    I appreciate the ideas for other veggies to add to the salad. I’m always getting stuff in my CSA farm share that I don’t know what to stick in things (for example, radishes–love me some radish sandwiches, but there’s only so many that I can eat, you know?) so I’m glad for the suggestions on ways I can lighten my bursting summer crisper drawer with good flavor.

    Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe Kirsten!

  9. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    How long will you be in LA? I have restaurant recommendations for you!
    Breakfast/Brunch-Blu Jam Cafe on Melrose
    Thai-Ruen Pair in Hollywood
    Vietnamese Seafood-Newport Seafood in Temple City
    Korean BBQ-Genwa in Hollywood
    Dim sum-Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park
    American cuisine-Animal, Umamicatessan
    Italian-Osteria Mama

    Let me know if you need more suggestions

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my goodness I wish I had seen this!! Although truthfully it was so hard to eat out with our 18 mo on East Coast time!!! We ended up doing Thai takeout in the hotel one night from Cin Cin in West Hollywood- so good!

  10. Tieghan Avatar
    Tieghan

    This looks so fresh and healthy! Yum!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know if you try it!!

  11. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    I can always go for a pasta salad, the ingredient list is perfect! What a perk that it happens to be healthy too :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Same here – and I love anything tabbouleh!! Let me know if you try it!!

  12. Kelly Avatar
    Kelly

    Mm there is nothing like a good pasta salad and this one looks like pure perfection! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So true! Thank you Kelly!

  13. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife Avatar
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife

    I love all kinds of pastas. This looks wonderful! Hope you have fun in LA!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Angie – it was a super fun trip!!!

  14. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    Thank you so much for letting me guest post on your wonderful blog! I hope you have a wonderful time at the finale! It will be so much fun. I’ll keep an eye out for you in the audience. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you SO MUCH for guest posting Julia!!! I’m sitting behind Bingo’s parents. :)

  15. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama Avatar
    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama

    I love the flavors of tabbouleh!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Same here!! So Springy!! Even if it’s Winter out. ;-)

  16. Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews Avatar
    Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews

    Look great! I just pinned it.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Amanda! Enjoy!

  17. Emily K. @ Leaf Parade Avatar
    Emily K. @ Leaf Parade

    I’m so happy to see this recipe! I love tabbouleh, but can’t have it any longer because of a gluten allergy. While I can’t have whole wheat pasta either, I can’t wait to sub in some corn or rice pasta and enjoy this beautiful salad. Thanks, Julia!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      What a great idea for gluten allergies!!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Anne @The Cooking Campaign Avatar
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign

    Yum, I love a good pasta salad!

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