I invented this fresh and easy recipe when I found myself continually invited to summer potlucks, and I needed a no-fuss dish to make. You can even make this the day before. A quick, easy, and healthy pasta salad that is great for potlucks and always a crowd-pleaser.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir garbanzo beans, grape tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, red onion, olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, basil, salt, and black pepper in a large salad bowl.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain. Gently fold pasta into salad and chill 15 to 20 minutes to blend flavors. Mix feta cheese into salad.

Nutrition Facts

336.8 calories; 10.4 g protein; 48.2 g carbohydrates; 8.3 mg cholesterol; 398.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2013
While I liked that this wasn't dripping in dressing it did seem a tad dry after it sat; I found myself savoring the tomato bites for a burst of juiciness. I chose to leave out the olives per personal preference and I used dried basil in lieu of fresh. This was a nice change of pace from the typical Italian dressing or mayo based pasta salad for sure. THANKS for the recipe QUIKSANDY! Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2013
While I liked that this wasn't dripping in dressing it did seem a tad dry after it sat; I found myself savoring the tomato bites for a burst of juiciness. I chose to leave out the olives per personal preference and I used dried basil in lieu of fresh. This was a nice change of pace from the typical Italian dressing or mayo based pasta salad for sure. THANKS for the recipe QUIKSANDY! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2013
While I liked that this wasn't dripping in dressing it did seem a tad dry after it sat; I found myself savoring the tomato bites for a burst of juiciness. I chose to leave out the olives per personal preference and I used dried basil in lieu of fresh. This was a nice change of pace from the typical Italian dressing or mayo based pasta salad for sure. THANKS for the recipe QUIKSANDY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2019
Excellent! We made our own version without olives because I hate olives. It was really good!!! Will definitely keep this in the rotation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2017
I made it as per the recipe. It was tasteless so I added "salad supreme". I also added another tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a 1/4C of Italian dressing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2017
Great recipe! I found it kind of dry so I doubled the dressing recipe and it was just right! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2014
I gave this recipe 4 stars instead of 5 only because I could not make it exactly as written. One of my family members is allergic to gluten dairy and raw garlic. I used Penne corn pasta from Trader Joes (great pasta even if you love gluten) served the feta on the side and roasted the garlic. Great combination of flavors! Very refreshing and flavorful. I made this the night before serving and it was better the second day when the flavors had melded. It was a big hit. Even my dad who thinks everything should be made with mayonnaise loved it. Thanks Sandy! I will review again when I make it as written. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2014
A tasty pasta salad that has no mayonnaise and little oil with all the ingredients this salad has going on. I did make without the olives due to personal taste preferences. We found the salad to be better on the second day as the flavors had time to marry. I added the feta cheese right before serving so it would stay in nice crumbles. Thanks QUIKSANDY for sharing your recipe. This will make a nice summer salad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2018
This recipe is very good. I added a bell pepper (any color) and also added sliced pepperoni. I doubled the dressing and added it as needed. I will check before serving if more dressing is needed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2018
I followed the recipe exactly and it was great! I did however then add a few more tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar just to add more taste to our liking. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2015
We really enjoyed this pasta salad. I did add more salt and pepper. Also added mini pepperoni. Will definitely make it again. Read More