Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe Contest Winner!

Congratulations to TheSweetsLife of St. Louis, MO!  Her scrumptious pasta salad, called Pasta with Chickpeas, Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Walnuts, was the winner of our Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe Contest!  Here’s what she had to say about the recipe: “This pasta is chock full of healthy ingredients that give it a unique flavor enjoyed warm or cold!”  Sounds fabulous.  See the full recipe after the jump!

Here is the recipe:

Time needed
20 min preparation + 60 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings

Ingredients

* 1 can chickpeas
* 1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
* 1 tsp. minced garlic
* 3/4 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
* 1/4 C. olive oil
* 1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella (cut into dice)
* freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 lb. rotini
* 1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
* 2-4 C. chopped fresh spinach
* 1/2 bag sun dried tomatoes, chopped
* 3/4 C. toasted walnuts

Directions

Rinse chickpeas. Combine vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, and olive oil. Whisk to mix. Stir in chickpeas, mozzarella, and lots of pepper. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Make pasta according to box. Drain and add to chickpea mixture. Toss with Parmesan, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and walnuts. Serve immediately.

Congratulations to TheSweetsLife!

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