Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Salad

pasta salad

Whole wheat pasta with an assortment of veggies and healthy fats including avocados and toasted sunflower seeds. A zesty dish, thanks to lots of fresh lemon juice, with a bit of a kick and spice from the red chili flakes and chili powder. A perfect dish to take to a picnic or if you’re attending a house party and are stumped on what to bring. Enjoy!

Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Salad


2 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked and cooled
1/2 cup baby carrots, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, cut in half circles
1/2 cup broccoli florets, cut small
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
2 tbsp fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, dill etc)
1/8 cup seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame etc)
salt to taste
cracked black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
fresh juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
red chili flakes *optional*


  1. Combine pasta, baby carrots, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli florets, spinach, avocado, herbs, and seeds, in a large bowl.
  2. Mince garlic and combine with olive oil. Next mix with the rest of the dressing ingredients including Parmesan cheese, fresh lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, and red chili flakes, if desired.
  3. Combine dressing with the vegetables and pasta and mix until dressing thoroughly mixed in. Taste and add your desired salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Reply mylifeasishan April 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    That looks amazing

  • Reply lexilife April 16, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Omg this is giving me LIFE right now. I’ve just had my dinner yet it’s made my stomach rumble…damn you and your recipe! hehe thanks for sharing xx

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