This Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad is creamy, colorful, and full of vegetables and whole grain pasta. Swap out your typical pasta salad recipe for this healthy, fiber-rich version!
I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
With summer coming up, we’re going to have lots of opportunities for summer barbeques, pasta salad dishes and hotdogs and hamburgers. Many of my favorite things! The smell of the grill, a pasta salad, some watermelon, grilled corn, and a cooler full of beer just screams summer for me. Hands down my favorite season of the year.
Speaking of summer, we grilled out for the first time of the year this week – my parents were in town, and we grilled some burgers alongside some sweet potato fries and a nice salad. Yesterday, I played tourist in my own city, which was so much fun. We did a tour of Charlotte that I had never done before and I learned so much about the history! We also made a stop at Amelie’s Bakery and I grabbed a few macaroons for the tour.
Being a tourist in your own city is fun. I urge you to try it – there are so many more things I need to experience in Charlotte just because. I also urge you to try this Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad.
Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad
Did you know May 13th (Saturday) is NATIONAL HUMMUS DAY?! In my mind, it certainly deserves celebrating – hummus is one of those things I can’t get enough of. So, when the opportunity arose to work with Sabra through the Recipe Redux, I enthusiastically jumped right in. Truthfully, I love so many of the foods and flavors found in the Mediterranean diet, like healthy fats (hello olives, olive oil), veggies, and whole grain pasta, too!
Hummus is considered a plant based source of protein! Hummus is also filled with heart healthy unsaturated fat, and fiber, which most of us aren’t getting enough of. Plus, hummus also has tons of micronutrients, like folate and vitamin B6, and small amounts of calcium, iron and zinc. So many reasons to eat more hummus – as a dip, a sandwich topper, or as a dressing, like listed below!
Isn’t it funny when you make a lot of food, thinking it’ll last days, maybe even the week? And then it barely lasts ONE day? Well, that is what happened with this pasta salad. With two hungry hungry people living in this house (and some scraps for Tater), a delicious pasta salad like this won’t last very long.
I guess I should know better by now…
This Salad Is
Gluten-free (if you use gluten free pasta!)
Full of fiber-rich veggies and whole grains
Best served cold
This salad is perfect for those who love the creamy texture of hummus, and its versatility over ingredients and veggies. This pasta salad is a little different from your Italian/vinaigrette based ones. This is a thicker, creamier, heartier pasta salad. All of the veggies get a little heartier with the addition of the hummus dressing.
And, this pasta salad is also gluten free because it’s made with Banza pasta (made with chickpeas).
For some more protein, you could also add some shredded or chopped chicken, or even tuna, to stick with the mediterranean flavors.
- 12 oz penne rotini or other small pasta (I used Banza)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium pepper chopped (I used multi colored)
- 1 onion chopped (I used yellow)
- ½ cup kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the dressing:
- 2/3 cup Sabra hummus I used plain, but any flavor would be great!
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Water
- ½ tsp Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook your pasta according to directions and desired consistency. Let it cool.
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, pepper, onion, olives, cheese and salt and pepper. Pour in the chilled pasta, dressing and mix.
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See below for some other hummus inspiration recipes from the other Recipe Reduxers! If you’re looking for more recipes with Chickpea flour, check out the Strawberry Banana Chickpea Muffins.