Arugula Pasta Salad

This Arugula Pasta Salad, made with whole wheat pasta and fresh baby arugula, is a great side dish to serve for a brunch, lunch, or dinner party!

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Easter will be upon us in two weeks, a time when many of us open our homes to friends and family. A great holiday for fresh salads, like this Arugula Pasta Salad! Maybe you’ve tried my Arugula Salad Recipe with Pancetta (so good), or Roasted Butternut Arugula Crostini (super popular and devoured at every party).

Entertaining at Easter

I adore entertaining for Easter because it brings warm weather, beautiful flowers and colors popping up in the yard— all promises of spring. I also love the “feel” of filling up our home with people. There’s just something about coming together for a meal, and the love that flows, starting with hugs at the front door!

It’s great to open the door and greet guests before they have to ring the doorbell. Does this always happen? No, but most of the time one of us tries to get to the door as soon as we see the guests walking up.

Arugula Pasta Salad

Setting the table

I found these adorable little chicks at the Hallmark store, and couldn’t pass them up! How fun to keep, storing them away with spring entertaining items, and eventually letting the “little ones” play with them. Yes, for little kids who come over, I like to keep fun things packed away to pull out to play with! I could see our little neighbor girls loving these little chicks.

Arugula Pasta Salad

I’m really loving the yellow and purple combo right now (and pussy willows, of course).

Arugula Pasta Salad

Hampton Toile and Peony plates.

Arugula Pasta Salad

Arugula Pasta Salad

Today I’m sharing a scrumptious Arugula Pasta Salad recipe today that my friend Cindy recently brought to a dinner party. If you’re hosting an Easter brunch with possibly a ham and side dishes and salads, then this is a yummy dish to serve. You can also make it up the day or two before, which makes organizing your menu and schedule a little easier.

Arugula Pasta Salad

For sure use whole wheat penne pasta (DeLallo is our favorite brand), and did you know they recommend you start off with boiling water with 1/4 cup of salt? No oil! You add the oil later, into the salad. This recipe is great, because there is no heavy dressing, just delicious olive oil, salt, and pepper added after it’s all mixed together.

Use baby arugula leaves., which have a milder, peppery flavor.

Use extra virgin olive oil and white pepper for the best flavored dressing!

Mix and serve!

What springy touch will you be adding to your table this season?

Easy Arugula Pasta Salad

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Arugula Pasta Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4-6 cups baby arugula
  • 16 oz DeLallo Whole Wheat Penne Rigate’
  • 6 oz. sun dried tomatoes in oil not drained
  • 6 oz. artichoke hearts drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • Handful fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  • 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 (left in oil), artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil, feta cheese, oil, salt and white pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate and serve. You can also heat and serve warm.

More recipes with arugula: Slow Cooker Sausage Lentil and Arugula Soup [Melanie Makes], White Bean Soup with Arugula and Lemon [Cookin’ Canuck].

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6 comments on “Arugula Pasta Salad”

  1. Great blog here! This subject is offering with such a perfect and incredible content material. Keep sharing more!

  2. I sooooo love this pasta salad Sandy! Pasta salad is always my favorite thing to make to bring or serve at gatherings, you can get so creative. This one looks perfect – love the arugula!

  3. to stay inside where it will be warm since its soo cold here and its supposed to snow! I’m thinking soup on the stove!!

  4. I love Hallmark. Haven’t been in one for years but just the name brings up such great memories of being a little girl and going there for holiday decorations with my mom. For all the holidays we had decorations and we bought all of them at Hallmark.

    Those chicks are too cute.

  5. This salad looks incredible. I’m pretty sure I could eat a whole bowl full. Love it!

  6. I love the line “the feel of filling up our home with people”. We are hosting Easter dinner at our house this year. I “channel” you every time we entertain now. It’s not about stuff its about enjoying the people and the time we are spending together. My sister hosted a family dinner a couple of weeks ago and I went early to help her get ready. She kept saying things about her house wasn’t big enough, clean enough, etc. I told her not to sweat the small “stuff” but have fun with bringing people together and spending time with the most important people in your life! Thanks for your encouraging blog!

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