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Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas

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A super fresh, super summery Lemon Herb Pasta Salad! Packed with tangy marinated chickpeas, chewy pasta, lots of herbs and garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, and a handful of parmesan to top it off.

This recipe is sponsored by DeLallo

Consider this your weekly (daily?) reminder that really delicious food does not need to be complicated.

The basics - garlic, lemon, herbs, olive oil - are prepared to deliver. They are usually somewhere in the pantry or fridge, and they are always going to serve us well.

I give you Exhibit A: The Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas which involves deliciously squishy pasta coated in a silky “sauce” of olive oil and lemon juice (I'm all about no-recipe dressings), tossed with chickpeas that have been soaking in a flavor bath of fresh garlic and herbs and such, and finished with more herbs and lots of salt and pepper and some Parmesan cheese. Is it good warm? Is it good cold? Is it good as a side or a main or a... snack? The answer to all of the above is Y-E-S.

This is all you need:

  • Chewy, tender, appropriately noodley pasta
  • Hearty little chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Basil and parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Thank you for understanding the amount of effort I'm prepared to give right now (minimal) and the delicious results I am expecting in return (major).

This served me so right on both levels.

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Bow tie pasta with greens, chickpeas and lemon.

“Marinated chickpeas” is how you make it FEEL fancy, but all it really is is giving a shot of big garlic / lemon / herb flavor into the whole thing with very little effort.

First, grab your pantry ingredients. DeLallo all the way.

We're working with fewer ingredients here, so QUALITY MATTERS! Phenomenally textured authentic Italian pasta, good solid olive oil that actually, um, tastes like olive oil, and a can of never-fails-you chickpeas, and you're basically halfway there.

Ingredients for Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas.

The pasta gets cooked.

The chickpeas get... marinated. Overnight would be ideal, but lol. If you are short on time, I promise your mouth will still be happy with the work that's been done. Just let the chickpeas hang out with all their flavors while you prep the rest. If you are bold, give them a little mashing with a fork so they soak up some extra flavor.

A bowl with pasta, chickpeas, herbs and cheese.

Toss with herbs and cheese and salt and pepper and lemon zest and the other good things you like....


Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas in a bowl.

Or second lunch. Or bedtime snack.

Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas - it is there for you this week. THERE. FOR. YOU.

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Pasta tossed with greens and cheese with lemon wedges.

Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Marinated Chickpeas

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A super fresh, super summery Lemon Herb Pasta Salad! Packed with tangy marinated chickpeas, chewy pasta, lots of herbs and garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, and a handful of parmesan to top it off.


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Marinated Chickpeas

  • one 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (DeLallo)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or crushed into a paste
  • a generous squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta (DeLallo)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (as needed) (DeLallo)
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley and basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare marinated chickpeas by combining everything together in a shallow bowl. For the best flavor, allow this to marinate for 8 hours or overnight. But hey, if you don't have the time, just let it all hang out while you prep the rest of the pasta. It's all good.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. While pasta is hot, toss with marinated chickpeas and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add more olive oil (as needed). Add lemon juice and zest and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Add in Parmesan cheese last so it doesn't completely melt. Serve warm, cold, or room temp with extra lemon, Parmesan, and herbs as needed!


  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pasta salad, lemon herb, chickpeas, marinated chickpeas, DeLallo, summer salad, herb salad

Thank you to DeLallo for sponsoring this post!

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This just has summer written all over it, and screams bright and fresh! Love it, love the photos, and love the lighting!

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      I made this with navy beans for extra fiber and bc they hold up better than a softer white bean—it was great. Have even doubled recipe and used navy beans and chickpeas together and it’s great.

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      This is my go-to pasta salad. I’ve made it 10+ times. It has become a favorite and it’s so easy to whip up!

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    Can I mix everything together and let it sit in the fridge
    Seems like I should wait 8 hours for the marinade and then after the 8 hours I can boil the pasta And mix everything together
    Did I read that right cause normally I just mix all together and let it sit over night

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    This looks like another winning recipe to try from your site. After my making the Salmon Burgers yesterday, my husband is already planning on me making it again. I am BUT… this has everything in it we have on hand & everything we love. I can’t wait to make it as I just know it will be delicious!! Thanks Lindsay for all the best recipes I’ve made from your site. I appreciate all you do – as does my husband… keeps him fed with more new recipes I make. =)

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    I’m trying clean out my pantry before a big move next week. I woke up to the email of this recipe and surprisingly had all of the ingredients! I whipped it up really quick for lunch and it is amazing! Definitely on my list of top favorite pasta salads.

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    This looks so good! I’m going to make this to compliment our steak dinner for tomorrow night! Can’t wait! Thank you for sharing♥️

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    this looks so good! 8oz = one cup of the dry pasta is that right? Your photos look like way more than that… maybe you doubled the recipe?

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      Actually, 8 ounces of this pasta is just under three cups. Usually the pasta is sold in a 16 ounce box or bag.

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    This was yummy!! I used home made vegan parmesan (ground cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast and salt👌) and also added chives and mint, because I had them on hand. My family gobbled it up!!

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    I made this for lunch today, and added fresh spinach, avocado, and jalapeño. It was delicious!!

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    This looks delicious and I’m constantly on the look out for veggie options for hubby. Thanks, this is going on the menu for this week!

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    Love this site and all of the recipes I have tried so far. I’m making this one in advance to take on a hiking trip next week. Do you think it would keep in the fridge for 2 days?

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    My husband is the one who brought this to my attention. I didn’t even know that he followed Pinch Of Yum! But, he loves chickpeas, so it makes sense he would find it. We made it, took it with on a picnic, and it was delicious cold.

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    This was amazing! My kids complained this was the third chickpea meal in two weeks and then went back for seconds. Next time I’ll make a double batch 🙂 Thank you!

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    This is exactly the kind of food I want to eat in the summer months. Light fresh, herbacious, and healthy. A good olive oil sauce is all you need. Never would have thought to add in the chickpeas but I think that adds a unique touch from you guys!

    Keep it up!!

    A Canuck Chef in the Netherlands

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    Just made this for lunch–it was fantastic! I had marinated the chickpeas overnight, made a little extra pasta, and added some fresh garden tomatoes. Thanks for the fresh summer tastes!!

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    I made this salad tonight and my daughter and I loved it. I cut up some seasoned chicken and added that. So delicious. ❤️

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