This Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad is creamy, colorful, and full of vegetables and whole grain pasta. Swap out your typical pasta salad recipe for this healthy, hummus pasta recipe.
Did you know hummus pasta is a thing?! Yes, there is such thing as a hummus pasta recipe, and hummus pasta salad is a game changer. This hummus pasta sauce will change your life.
With summer coming up, we’re going to have lots of opportunities for summer barbeques, corn, cold beer, pasta salad dishes and hotdogs and hamburgers. Many of my favorite things!
The smell of the grill, a pasta salad, some watermelon, grilled corn, and a cooler full of beer just screams summer for me. Hands down my favorite season of the year.
Speaking of summer, we grilled out for the first time of the year this week – my parents were in town, and we grilled some burgers alongside some sweet potato fries and a nice salad.
More specifically, my favorite sweet potato turkey burgers.
What’s better than burgers + delicious hummus pasta? I draw inspiration from Ina Garten’s hummus recipe because she is all sorts of amazing.
And then, yesterday, I played tourist in my own city, which was so much fun. We did a tour of Charlotte that I had never done before and I learned so much about the history!
Being a tourist in your own city is fun. I urge you to try it – there are so many more things I need to experience in Charlotte just because.
I also urge you to try this Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad.
Why You Should Make Mediterranean Hummus Pasta Salad
Did you know May 13th (Saturday) is NATIONAL HUMMUS DAY?! In my mind, it certainly deserves celebrating – hummus is one of those things I can’t get enough of.
Truthfully, I love so many of the foods and flavors found in the Mediterranean diet, like healthy fats (hello olives and olive oil), veggies, and whole grain pasta.
So I figured why not try to combine them and make pasta with hummus? Novel, yet delicious.
I mean, look how pretty this bowl is. You can really add in any vegetables you like, making this hummus pasta recipe very seasonal. I used veggies sent to me from my Farm Fresh to You order. I love them!
Farm Fresh to You delivers fresh and organic produce to you so you can receive different boxes in the comfort of your own home. I use it as a challenge for deciding what to make.
Why You Should Try Pasta With Hummus
We know that pasta can be bland by itself. It has a neutral flavor so it needs a good flavor enhancer. While tomato sauce is the normal, delicious enhancer, I’d argue that hummus pasta is right up there as well.
To keep this gluten free, we chose a plant-based pasta version. Banza pasta is my favorite.
This hummus pasta salad works with whatever pasta you choose, just make sure to cook pasta accordingly and let it cool.
Once you mix all of your ingredients in a bowl (a salad mixer is a life saver), the last thing to do is add the creamy hummus for the hummus salad dressing.
Is Hummus Nutritious?
Hummus is considered a plant-based source of protein! (More on plant-based and vegetarian protein options here).
Hummus is also filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and fiber, which most of us aren’t getting enough of.
Plus, hummus also has tons of micronutrients, like folate and vitamin B6, and small amounts of calcium, iron and zinc. So many reasons to eat more hummus – as a dip, a sandwich topper, or as a hummus salad dressing, like listed below.
Isn’t it funny when you make a lot of food, thinking it’ll last days, maybe even the week? And then it barely lasts ONE day? Well, that is what happened with this pasta salad.
With two hungry people living in this house (and some scraps for Tater), a delicious hummus pasta recipe like this won’t last very long.
Although this hummus recipe is a staple for meal prep because it lasts all week. It’s also a great idea to make for new moms, along with this list of freezer meal ideas.
I guess I should know better by now…
This Hummus Pasta Salad Is:
- Gluten-free (if you use gluten free pasta!)
- Full of fiber-rich veggies and whole grains
- Best served cold
This hummus salad recipe is perfect for those who love the creamy texture of hummus, and its versatility over ingredients and veggies. Remember, it’s a little different from your Italian/vinaigrette based ones.
The hummus salad dressing just makes a thicker, creamier and heartier pasta salad. All of the veggies get a little heartier with the addition of the hummus dressing.
A Mediterranean salad with hummus is a great way to enjoy the mediterranean flavors and health benefits.
And, this pasta salad is also gluten free because it’s made with Banza pasta (made with chickpeas). You could even use another bean pasta to keep it gluten free.
If you want a vegan mediterranean pasta salad recipe, leave out the cheese and exchange it with nutritional yeast.
For some more protein, you could also add some tuna or chopped chicken as a chicken salad.
Both are great options for meal prep and simplifying meal prep.
- 12 oz penne, rotini or other small pasta (I used Banza to keep it gluten free)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium pepper, chopped (I used multi colored)
- 1 onion, chopped (I used yellow)
- ½ cup kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- For the dressing:
- 2/3 cup Sabra hummus (I used plain, but any flavor would be great)
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Water
- ½ tsp Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook your pasta according to directions and desired consistency. Let it cool.
- In a large bowl, combine broccoli, pepper, onion, olives, cheese and salt and pepper. Pour in the chilled pasta, dressing and mix.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 369mg Carbohydrates: 40g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
WANT MORE PASTA RECIPES?
And if you’re a fan of this hummus pasta, you will definitely like this veggie pasta bake.
My kale and sweet potato mac and cheese is another vegetarian option, filled with veggies and great for toddlers!
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What’s your favorite way to use Hummus?
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