Every week I rack my brain for what to take for lunch the following week. And sometimes it feels as though looking for new lunch ideas is a part-time job. Which I know, and the taster reminds me, is so very ridiculous.  I love salads, but they sometimes leave me hungry at 2:30. I love soups, but get sick of them if I eat it a few times. Basically, I’m downright picky about my lunches.

Looking for: light, healthy, easily packed, quickly made, filling and bonus points if it can be made on Sunday afternoon

Found: A greek pasta salad that fits all of the above criteria and was even tastier than I expected!

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe: 2-3 lunch portions

  • 2 cups cooked 100% whole grain pasta
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • about 6 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • spices: pepper, red pepper flakes, herbamare

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and portion out for lunches!

I served my pasta salad alongside some Pacific Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with spinach stirred in.

32 Comments ( Reply )

  1. decapode
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Oh, that’s awesome! Definitely gonna try that one out.

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  2. decapode
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Oh, that’s awesome! Definitely gonna try that one out.

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  3. mary beth
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    that sounds so good! i am totally going crazy with the “comfort food” time of year. i am so ready for fresh fruits and veggies. this salad would be a good transition dish and get me through till spring!

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  4. mary beth
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    that sounds so good! i am totally going crazy with the “comfort food” time of year. i am so ready for fresh fruits and veggies. this salad would be a good transition dish and get me through till spring!

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  5. Kay's Nutty Oasis
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    oh my gosh this sounds amazing!! anything with pasta and chickpeas is a winner in my book :)

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  6. Kay's Nutty Oasis
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    oh my gosh this sounds amazing!! anything with pasta and chickpeas is a winner in my book :)

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  7. Tracey
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Sounds wonderful and looks very tasty!

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  8. Tracey
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Sounds wonderful and looks very tasty!

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  9. Jenna @ Health and Happiness
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    LOVING the chick peas in this salad!

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  10. Jenna @ Health and Happiness
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    LOVING the chick peas in this salad!

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  11. savoringsarah
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    You had me at “Greek”

    Is that cavatappi pasta??

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    • anutritionisteats
      Feb 04, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

      I had to check but it is called “chiocciole” – I bought it because I loved the shape! (bionaturae brand)

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  12. savoringsarah
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    You had me at “Greek”

    Is that cavatappi pasta??

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    • anutritionisteats
      Feb 04, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

      I had to check but it is called “chiocciole” – I bought it because I loved the shape! (bionaturae brand)

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  13. Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    I adore Greek pasta salad. This looks really good. I may have to whip this up. We face the same challenge with making hubby’s lunch M-F.

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  14. Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    I adore Greek pasta salad. This looks really good. I may have to whip this up. We face the same challenge with making hubby’s lunch M-F.

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  15. Molly
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    this looks so good! I love any kind of greek salad, and adding chic peas puts it over the top. yum!

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  16. Molly
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    this looks so good! I love any kind of greek salad, and adding chic peas puts it over the top. yum!

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  17. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Oh wow… your salad looks good.

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  18. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Oh wow… your salad looks good.

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  19. Mellissa
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    I love a good pasta salad :)

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  20. Mellissa
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    I love a good pasta salad :)

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  21. actorsdiet
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    sometimes i just peruse my fave restaurants for their lunch menus for inspiration. maybe you can do that too?

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    • anutritionisteats
      Feb 04, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

      Such a good idea! I have a few menu’s that I look to, I’ll also have to start looking online at the restaurants you two go to – they always look so good and healthy!

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  22. actorsdiet
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    sometimes i just peruse my fave restaurants for their lunch menus for inspiration. maybe you can do that too?

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    • anutritionisteats
      Feb 04, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

      Such a good idea! I have a few menu’s that I look to, I’ll also have to start looking online at the restaurants you two go to – they always look so good and healthy!

      Reply

  23. Chloe @ Project Live Well
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    That looks so good!

    I also feel like coming up with new and interesting meal ideas is like a part time job. Which I guess is the reason people turn to convenience foods.

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  24. Chloe @ Project Live Well
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    That looks so good!

    I also feel like coming up with new and interesting meal ideas is like a part time job. Which I guess is the reason people turn to convenience foods.

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  25. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    YUM! I love a good pasta salad and feta cheese is always a favorite addition.

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  26. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    YUM! I love a good pasta salad and feta cheese is always a favorite addition.

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  27. Holly
    Feb 10, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    what is herbamare?

    this looks amazing, but quite frankly, anything that is greek is usually good to go in my book :)

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  28. Holly
    Feb 10, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    what is herbamare?

    this looks amazing, but quite frankly, anything that is greek is usually good to go in my book :)

    Reply

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