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Spring Pea and Arugula Pasta Salad

This spring pea and arugula pasta salad is the very definition of a spring recipe. It’s packed with peas, arugula, feta and a light lemon vinaigrette. It’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, a family bbq or just a light lunch. Add chickpeas for a protein boost or skip the cheese for a vegan option.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: vegetarian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dry pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups argugula

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package's instructions. In the last minute of cooking, add the frozen or fresh peas to thaw and lightly cook. When done cooking, pass under cold water.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette: In a small bowl or jar, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients. You can use a mason jar, cover and shake.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta and peas, vinaigrette, arugula and cheese together. Serve cold.

Notes

This salad is great served with asparagus. You could grill or roast asparagus to go with it. You could also add some roasted radishes.
To make this recipe vegan, skip the cheese. You could also add more protein by adding some chickpeas.