Feb 28, 2012

Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes



Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chick peas, pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar create a simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying.


A few tips to make this simple salad fantastic – buy baby arugula, it has a milder peppery flavor. Use extra virgin olive oil, and a really good aged balsamic vinegar and most importantly use a premium imported parmesan such as Parmigiano Reggiano for optimum results. If you can't find it in your area or if it's out of your budget, Locatelli Pecorino Romano is another great option.




Spring Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 cups • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 280.4 • Fat: 9.2 g • Protein: 10.8 g • Carb: 43.6 g • Fiber: 7.9 g • Sugar: 3.3 g
Sodium: 337.1 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart Taste penne pasta (use brown rice pasta for g.f.)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
  • 4 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly shaved 


Directions:
    Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

    Toss the pasta with baby arugula, sun dried tomatoes, chick peas, oil, vinegar, half of the cheese, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Divide between 4 plates and top with remaining shaved parmesan cheese.


    Makes 8 cups.

    75 comments :

    1. This sounds delicious!! I love arugula but have never combined it with garbanzo beans or sun-dried tomatoes. Very excited for this combination. I love your recipes!

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    2. Baby arugula is my favorite green by far. Love it's bite and peppery-ness :)

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    3. Alison, it's a wonderful combination!

      Mine too Gina!!

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    4. YUM! I have some arugula in the fridge and this has me salivating for a big salad for lunch. This looks great!

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    5. I love baby arugula!
      Big hugs!
      Inés

      SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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    6. you really should be getting paid for this. man.

      thank you!

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    7. This looks so fresh and delicious. I will definitely be making this.

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    8. This looks fresh and delicious! How much is 6oz pasta in terms of a dry measuring cup? I never know how to measure that.

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      1. You really need to weigh it, it depends on the shape.

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      2. I don't have a food scale, it is on my ever growing list of food gadgets... I bought the exact type in the recipe.

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      3. 2 oz for the ronzoni=2/3 of a cup, that what it says on the box =]

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    9. wow....this looks amazing! Thanks for the tips on what to use; it is really helpful that you do that.

      Love your site...i could look through it for hours! :0)

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    10. What a beautiful dish! I LOVE arugula and parm together and the pasta makes it hearty enough to eat as a light meal. Awesomeness. :)

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    11. Love the colors on that bright and healthy salad..Great Job

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    12. This looks great! Can you tell me more details about the sun dried tomatoes? The ones I see in the store are either dried or in jars with oil. Did you use the dried ones and soak them first?

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      1. Good question. I was wondering that same thing about the sun dried tomoatoes. - Kelly

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      2. Great question, I used the ready to eat, not packed in oil. They are soft, I find them in the salad section of my super market but if the dried ones are only available, then soak them first.

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      3. If you're near a trader joe's they sell them. they're under $2!

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    13. This looks lovely - such vibrant colours. I have some home-made sun dried tomatoes (well, oven dried) that I've been hoarding for years and not knowing what to do with. I think this is the answer!

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    14. Made this for dinner tonight. A good mix of flavours and so simple.

      Thanks

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    15. I can't wait to try this!

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    16. That looks so beautiful :) I love rocket (or arugula like non Aussies call it)

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    17. Sounds de-lish! But I think I'll add grilled chicken to up the protein & delete the pasta to lower the carbs!

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    18. this is exactly what i need in my diet. healthy. send free text messages at http://www.textme4free.com/

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    19. would you suggest cold/room temp pasta or still slightly warm?

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    20. This look amazing! It's on the menu for next week! Thank you for all of these wonderful recipes!

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    21. I love Salads and like this recipe. It's looking tasty. I can't wait so I would like to make this salad on lunch. Thanks for sharing such dietful recipe.

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    22. This is such a pretty salad! Lovely idea :)

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    23. I am not a fan of sun dried tomatoes, any suggestions on a replacement?

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      1. Cherry tomatoes would work.

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      2. I used roasted red peppers as a substitute. Delish!

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    24. This looks so delicious - you take wonderful photos! Makes my mouth water just looking at it. Can't wait to make this recipe. THANK YOU!

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    25. I made this last night and it was delish!
      Was I supposed to weigh the pasta before boiling it or after?
      There seems to be a lot of pasta!

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      1. before. in general, 2oz of pasta will make one cup cooked. HTH

        :)

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    26. I sure will be making this , this Sunday for my church ladies get together. Can't wait!.

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    27. Yummy, thanks for a nice light lunch idea...

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    28. I love this salad! For my husband I add chicken, otherwise he doesn't think it's a main dish.

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    29. I recently became obsessed with Arugula. I will have to try and make this soon. Sounds yummy. It's amazing as I have lost weight how the tastebuds change.

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    30. That looks so delish! Thanks!

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    31. Eating it now, Gina, and it's great! Thanks for a nice, healthy lunch recipe! I have extra, so I'm storing it without the dressing and having it for Friday's meatless lunch.

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    32. Pinning this one! Love it!

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    33. Your salad looks gorgeous as does all your foods!! I need to make this one!!

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    34. This looks amazing! I love pasta and this looks like a great way to eat a big portion, guilt free! I always buy Kirkland Signature (Costco) Parmigiano Reggiano - it's a great value.

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    35. That looks and sounds really good! I was wondering, what do you use to calculate the fat, calories, sodium etc.in your recipes? There are so many things around and I wanted to check some of my home made stuff, but not sure which one would be accurate? Thanks :o).

      Chris

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    36. This is delicious! Thanks so much!

      For low carbers.... Dreamfields is AMAZING,. It's in the pasta aisle.... Low carb and delicious.

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    37. I made this last night for dinner. Leftovers for lunch today! It was AWESOME!

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    38. This truly looks amazing! I can not wait to try it. Thanks for all the good recipes.

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    39. Gina, this was so yummy! Thanks for all of your great recipes.

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    40. Made this today and it was great! I think i might change it up a little bit and next time instead of the sundried tomatoes I am going to add craisins to add a little sweetness. I also cut back to 1 TBS of the oil and thought it was still great.

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    41. Does this store well? I'm making this for just me - can I save portions fully assembled, or would you recommend storing just the cooked pasta and assembling everything each time?

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    42. New. Favorite. Salad.

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    43. Thanks for the sharing the arugula salad recipe. The shaved parmesan seems like a great addition.

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    44. Made this tonight for a light dinner, it was very tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

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    45. O yum! I'm so happy I found your blog on Pinterest!! I'm making this for dinner tonight! I love this flavor combo, I might throw in some chicken too :)

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    46. Gina, I love your blog! It has really helped me stick to the Weight Watchers plan. However, just a heads up...when I enter this recipe in the recipe builder, I get 9 point plus per serving.

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    47. I have eaten this salad 4 times in the last week - deLICious!!!!!

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    48. I just made this for dinner but with spinach. Fabulous! Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow.

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    49. This salad is amazing. I added cooked chicken pieces that I seasoned with salt and pepper before tossing with the rest of the salad, only because my husband doesn't think he's eating a real dinner if the salad doesn't have meat in it. Anyway, it's fantastic and so perfect for an easy, fast, weeknight dinner! Thank you Gina!!

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    50. Thanks a lot for that great reciepe! I loved the salad and I'll definitely eat it again!

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    51. Love this salad - just had it for lunch today for maybe the 5th time already. Great combo of flavors and very filling.

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    52. This is DELISH! Made it without the pasta as a starter course for a dinner party last night. It got raves and it is filling so there were leftovers which everyone was happy about! Thanks Gina!

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    53. Thanks so much for this great recipe! It is the perfect lunch to bring to the office. It is delicious and filling.

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    54. this sounds like a good mix

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    55. also how many cups of the pasta would 6oz be would you say

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    56. 2 oz uncooked is about 1 cup cooked

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    57. I can't recall if I have commented on this recipe before. I just made it for the fourth time to take along to a BBQ. It is a really great, simple yet filling salad with flavours that go together really nicely. Thanks.

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    58. I had this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! I have tried and loved many recipes on your site. Thank you for making dieting more bearable! :)

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    59. Sooo excited to try this!! Thank you:)

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    60. Another recipe of flavors that compliment each other so well. Love the arugula, beans and sundries tomato combo. The shaved Parmesan tops it off so well!

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    61. Mincing up half a shallot or so would be a nice taste in the salad dressing.

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    62. Hi, I made this last night. AMAZING. I actually left out the chickpeas since the fiance doesn't like them, but...I added in baked (seasoned with just salt and pepper)salmon that I let get completely chilled before I cut it up and placed it in the salad mix. This was TO DIE FOR. The Fiance ate 4 plate fulls! Love your recipes :)

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    63. I just made this and loved it as a simple-to-make lunch for the week. Next time, I would probably use less pasta and more arugula.

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    64. Wow this was great. I added baby plum tomatoes instead of sundried and used 1 tbsp oil instead of 2. I made it for lunch but I think it would be great for dinner too. It has fat but good fat! I can't get enough of your recipes!

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