Easy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil

This Easy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil makes the most out of fresh summer produce. Who doesn’t love a 5 ingredient dish!

Easy Chickapea Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Tomatoes

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to take advantage of that basil in your garden to freshen up your beautiful salads!

I love Chickapea pasta for a healthy salad and the shells seem to be especially well suited to this simple dish.  Did you know that this pasta contains only chickpeas and lentils?  It’s packed with protein and fiber – perfect for a quick and easy meatless meal on these hot summer nights.


Chickapea Pasta salad with fresh summer tomatoes and basil.

The success of this dish is entirely dependent on a high quality olive oil and I always use the fabulous oils from Capizzano Olive Oils and Vinegars.  I’ve chatted with the owner, Suzanne, and I am amazed at her extensive knowledge about oils and their extensive health benefits.

Let your tomato mixture marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes and then add your cooked pasta.  That simple!  I like to drizzle a little more oil on top once they are combined but that is optional.

What’s your go-to pasta dish this summer?  Share with me on Instagram by tagging #simplyfreshdinners @simplyfreshdinners so I can see what you’re up to in your kitchen!

I am the recipe creator for Chickapea Pasta but this particular post is not sponsored.   My endorsement of Capizzano Olive Oils and Vinegars is not sponsored either – I’m simply a big fan!

Easy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil

This Easy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil makes the most out of fresh summer produce and who doesn’t love a 5 ingredient dish!

  • 1/2 lb Chickapea Pasta shells
  • 1 lb cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook Chickapea Pasta according to directions, drain and rinse

  2. Combine tomatoes, red onion, olives, capers, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Let marinate for 30 minutes on counter or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

  3. Combine pasta and tomato mixture.  Drizzle additional olive oil if desired.

Healthy Chickapea Pasta makes this easy, budget-friendly salad perfect for a quick, weeknight meal. #chickapeapasta #chickpeapasta #lentilpasta #healthypasta #pastasalad #organic #nonGMO


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    July 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I have everything that I need for this beautiful dish so you know I’m making it!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    July 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Our basil plants are doing really well this year — they look like shrubs! So we’re eating it all the time. This is a perfect way to use it — such a flavorful salad. Thanks!
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    July 22, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Thank you for this brilliant idea. I was running out of ideas what to have for tomorrow and an easy pasta salad would just be perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    March 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Robyn how are you?
    Nice to see your work will be trying some.
    Have some really great memories of you.
    Margaret OTTEWELL

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      May 4, 2019 at 10:06 am

      So happy to hear from you, Margaret. Ditto on the great memories. I’m sure missing the island!

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