Penne Arugula Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

This delicious light summer pasta salad is perfect for those hot summer nights made with arugula, chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

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

A simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying.

Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chick peas, penne pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar make 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.

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

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

280.4 Cals 10.9 Protein 43.6 Carbs 9.2 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chickpeas, penne pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar.


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 2cups, Calories: 280.4kcal, Carbohydrates: 43.6g, Protein: 10.9g, Fat: 9.2g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 1.8mg, Sodium: 337.1mg, Fiber: 7.9g, Sugar: 3.3g
Blue Smart Points: 9
Points +: 7
Keywords: arugula pasta salad, pasta salad with arugula and sun dried tomatoes, pasta salad with garbanzo beans, Penne Arugula Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, simple arugula salad

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  1. How long will the salad hold? Over night to eat later?

  2. SUPURB, and everything my family loves!  Thank you.

  3. We love this recipe in my household and a great way to add vegetables in our diet. Reading some of the other reviews and the variations are great, definitely going to try some.

  4. Awesome! I added some cherry tomotoes, olives, feta, and pickled onion. Delicious!

  5. This has been my work lunch so many times this month. OMG! So good! I store the pasta mixture separately and spoon it over the greens in the morning. Add a little extra drizzle of dressing.
    I typically use regular penne, but the second time I made it, I used chickpea pasta – extra protein and fiber!

  6. My favorite skinnytaste recipe! I could eat this everyday and be happy 

  7. I loved this recipe! I do gluten free so made mine with lentil pasta and was delicious and high in protein from the lentil pasta. Definitely making again!

  8. For anyone on WW Purple…. I put this into the recipe builder and it’s 3 points per 2-cup serving 🙂 

  9. This is made at least twice a month in my house, if not more. It is very easy and extremely tasty!! 

  10. Thank you once again, Gina!. I’ve been trying to follow the meal plans for the past two weeks without wavering in an effort to loose some pounds. So many times I am surprised by recipes that I thought I wouldn’t care for and end up really enjoying,.

    This recipe was one of them! Only change was throwing in a few grape tomatoes.
    Keep the meal plans coming!

  11. Great website. Question about receipe ,  I don’t like  arugula lettuce. What can I use in place of arugula lettuce? 

  12. I love garbanzo beans and I loved this salad! Thanks!

  13. I made this for dinner last night and it was soooooo good, thank you. I grilled up half of a red bell pepper to toss in instead of the sundried tomatoes, and it was awesome. I am eating the leftovers for lunch right now! I rarely comment on recipes but this was worth commenting on. So simple but so good! even my husband loved it!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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 🙂

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

  18. 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!

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

  20. 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! 🙂

  21. 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.

  22. 2 oz uncooked is about 1 cup cooked

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

  24. this sounds like a good mix

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

  26. 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!

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

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

  29. 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!!

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

  31. I have eaten this salad 4 times in the last week – deLICious!!!!!

  32. 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.

  33. 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 🙂

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

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

  36. New. Favorite. Salad.

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

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

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

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

  42. This is delicious! Thanks so much!

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

  43. That looks and sounds really good! I was wondering, what do you use to calculate the fat, calories, sodium 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).


  44. 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.

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

  46. Pinning this one! Love it!

  47. 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.

  48. That looks so delish! Thanks!

  49. 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.

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

  51. Yummy, thanks for a nice light lunch idea…

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

  53. 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!

  54. 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!

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

  56. This is such a pretty salad! Lovely idea 🙂

  57. 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.

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

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

  60. this is exactly what i need in my diet. healthy. send free text messages at

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

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

  63. I can't wait to try this!

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


  65. That looks amazing!

  66. 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!

  67. 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?

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

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

  70. YUM! def making this!

  71. 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)

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

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

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

    thank you!

  75. I love baby arugula!
    Big hugs!

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

  77. Alison, it's a wonderful combination!

    Mine too Gina!!

  78. Baby arugula is my favorite green by far. Love it's bite and peppery-ness 🙂

  79. 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!