Power Pasta Salad with Rainbow Chard

This Power Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your upcoming summer barbeques / parties, or can be a simple weeknight dinner too. It is totally gluten-free and protein-packed thanks to the Ancient Harvest POW! Green Lentil pasta... and it is vibrant, nourishing, and colorful thanks to the huge variety of veggies available at your local Sprouts. 

Don't you love how colorful rainbow chard is?

I love to juice it. 

I love to put it in smoothies

I love to chop it up in salads or for tacos

And I love to saute it with garlic -- for things like quiche and pasta salad like the one I'm sharing with you today.

As you can tell... it's soooooooooo super versatile!

rainbow chard

A lot of pasta salads have bacon or pepperoni for added protein and heartiness, but this one is completely vegetarian. Its protein primarily comes from the green lentil pasta (25g per serving!!!) and the pine nuts. 

power pasta salad not yet stirred

I love that Sprouts Farmers Market has so many private label organic foods to choose from --- at really good prices. Fresh basil, olive oil, spices, dijon mustard, coffee, coconut milk... there are literally hundreds!

power pasta with rainbow chard

The creamy dressing is made by whisking together Goodfoods' caramelized onion dip, olive oil, rice vinegar, and iime juice. But feel free to sub in plain Greek yogurt or vegan mayo if you prefer.

stirring power pasta salad

I don't know about you, but I am soooooooooo ready for summer barbeques and unending sunshine and popsicles on the patio!

power pasta salad with rainbow chard

Other summer barbeque recipes you will love:

power pasta salad in bowls

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Power Pasta Salad with Rainbow Chard

Description

power pasta salad | vegetarian pasta salad | vegetarian summer barbeque recipes | green lentil pasta

Ingredients

8 ounces
POW! Green Lentil Penne Pasta (or sub your favorite pasta)
4 tablespoons
Goodfoods' Caramelized onion dip (or sub plain Greek yogurt or vegan mayo)
2 tablespoons
extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon
fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon
rice vinegar
2 cups
chopped rainbow chard leaves
1⁄2 cup
chopped rainbow chard stems (optional)
1⁄2 cup
chopped Sprouts fresh basil leaves
6  
heirloom grape tomatoes
1⁄2  
yellow bell pepper (diced)
1⁄2 cup
pine nuts
1⁄4  
red onion (sliced into rounds)
   
Sprouts crushed red pepper flakes (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain and then cool in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: caramelized onion dip, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, lime juice, and rice vinegar. Whisk together. Set aside.
  3. On medium heat in a large skillet, saute the rainbow chard stems, leaves, and basil with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil... for approximately 5 minutes, until greens are softened but not browned. Remove them from the skillet and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In the same skillet, now emptied, lightly toast/brown the pine nuts, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes. Then remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
  5. In the same skillet, now emptied, saute the bell pepper and tomatoes for approximately 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
  6. Finally, in the same skillet, now emptied, saute the onions for approximately 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
  7. Combine everything in the mixing bowl. Stir and then serve.
  8. You can refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Yields 6 Servings