Lemony Tortellini-Chickpea Salad

by Amy on 8 April 2015

Lemony Tortellini-Chickpea Salad | www.FearlessHomemaker.comWhen I’m asked to bring a side dish to a party, potluck, or cookout, I almost always go with pasta salads. They’re quick + simple to make, they appeal to kiddos and adults alike, and they’re very forgiving temperature-wise, being equally awesome cold straight from the fridge or at room temperature. So, when I recently saw a recipe for a delicious-sounding lemony Tortellini-Chickpea Pasta Salad and was having a big group over to my house for a potluck dinner the following day, I knew that I had to give it a try. I love pasta, I looooove lemon, + I love fresh veggies, so I sensed that I was going to be a huge fan of this salad.

And the verdict from myself and my guests? This pasta salad is SO delicious. Truly, this might be the best pasta salad I’ve ever made! There’s tasty cheese tortellini, hearty chickpeas, + bright, crisp vegetables (carrots, spinach + tomatoes), all tossed with an amazingly wonderful homemade lemon, herb + garlic vinaigrette. (Note: the super-simple-to-make vinaigrette is also fantastic for dressing green salads!) Including all chopping, prepping, + cooking, this only took me about 30 minutes to make, which was much appreciated by this busy mama. As printed below, this recipe serves 4-6 people as a side dish, but it’s easily doubled or even tripled (which is what I did) if you’re serving a bigger group. So, now that the season of warm-weather parties is approaching, make sure you bookmark this recipe to try – I promise, you and your cookout companions are going to love it!

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Lemony Tortellini-Chickpea Salad

serves 4-6, adapted from Good Cheap Eats


12 ounces cheese tortellini, (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced)
kosher salt + freshly-ground pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans (rinsed well and drained, if canned)
2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 (10-ounce) package grape tomatoes, halved (or quartered if large)
2 carrots, peeled + finely chopped


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil + cook tortellini according to package directions, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, make the vinaigrette – combine the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until combined. Add the olive oil and whisk again to emulsify.

In a large bowl, combined the cooked tortellini, chickpeas, chopped spinach, tomatoes, and carrots. Pour the vinagrette over the salad and toss gently to combine well. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed. Serve either chilled, or at room temperature.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathryn April 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

This really does sound delicious! Just the perfect thing for a summer lunch.

2 Amy (Savory Moments) April 8, 2015 at 5:50 am

This salad looks perfect for the spring and summer – so fresh, vibrant, and healthy!

3 Rebekah @ Making Miracles April 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

YUMM! That looks perfect for the warmer weather – I love pasta / veggie salads, what a great combination of ingredients!

4 Erin April 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

I can’t wait to make this!

5 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

Ok now I’m really hungry. Is it lunch time yet? It’s been so long since I’ve made a pasta salad and this looks perfect! Time to plan a picnic/bbq party.

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef April 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

i need to try this, asap. it sounds amazing. my favorite pasta salad has lemon and asparagus and tomatoes in it. this sounds like an amped up version of that! yum!

7 danielle April 8, 2015 at 9:51 am

Sold – I need this ASAP! Anything with chickpeas is a winner in my book.

8 Jessica - The Novice Chef April 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

AH! I LOVE THIS! No seriously, I am a huge pasta salad fan and I love the idea of using tortellini instead. How did I never think of this??

9 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat April 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Oh wow! This looks so springy and delicious.

10 Beth April 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I must add this salad to my repertoire. It sounds – and looks – fantastic!

11 Marina April 13, 2015 at 3:28 am

I love chickpeas and always looking for some new recipes with them. This sounds tasty!

12 Ann April 17, 2015 at 2:55 am

Oh it looks so delish
I hope you don’t mind me pinning it ♥


13 Agness April 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

I’m the biggest fan of chickpeas here, but I never made a salad like yours. Looks so delicious and easy to make. Thanks for another awesome recipe to my collaction!

14 Kelly April 18, 2015 at 3:53 am

This looks incredible, Amy! With all the summer parties and potlucks coming soon, I am always looking for a winning dish to bring so I can’t wait to try this! Love the chickpeas in here and the vinaigrette sounds so refreshing and delicious!

15 Monalisa's Perfect Weight May 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

Already Hungry looking at this :) thanks for the recipes, i love food lol

16 anukampa May 22, 2015 at 6:28 am

This looks colourful and healthy…chickpeas in salads are my favourite.

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