Pasta Salad with Feta, Broccoli, Capers, and Chickpeas ~ ElephantEats.com

Before I share my recipe with you today, I have a couple cute things to show you.

First, since I know you all wanted to see- Here’s a picture of our house!

House

Totally adorable, right? It definitely needs a new coat of paint, among other things. And I can’t wait to get my hands on the front yard for some pretty landscaping. I’ve never gotten to do that before so I’m so excited! Now I just have to figure out what we should do.

I’ll share more pics once we actually close on the house in a few months.

Being Elephant Eats, the second cute thing I want to show you is this video Nate sent me of a baby elephant’s first time in the ocean. All I can say is O.M.G. If our apartment weren’t so tiny, I’d be getting one of these as a pet:

And as for this meal, it’s a rare one that Nate actually helped pick out. You see, we have this routine every day where, before I leave work, I ask him what he’s in the mood for, and every day he says “I don’t know.”

I don’t know if most food bloggers are good about coming up with stuff, but I’m not. I absolutely hate trying to decide what to make for dinner. I have a million recipes pinned to my Pinterest boards, but when it’s actually time to choose something, nothing looks good.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers,and Chickpeas 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

But on this particular day, without my even asking what he wanted for dinner, Nate actually told me he was in the mood for a cold pasta salad (it was really hot out!). I wasn’t one to deny the man his craving, when he was actually giving me dinner ideas, so I looked up some pasta salad recipes using feta since I already had it in my fridge.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers,and Chickpeas 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

I came across this one that has all our favorite things in it and it sounded delicious. I doubled it, swapped blanched broccoli for the zucchini, and adjusted the quantities of the ingredients slightly and it was SO good. It helped that I was completely famished at dinner time.

Nate said he really liked it too, so this one’s a winner! Plus it was fairly quick to make. It will definitely be going into our usual rotation.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers and Chickpeas

Adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

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Serves 6-8 as an entree

16 ounces pasta- I used medium shells
1 bunch of broccoli crowns, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
12 oz roasted red pepper, cut in small strips
2 cans (14 oz) chickpeas, drained
3 fl oz. capers, drained
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper

Boil water and put pasta in. 2 min before the pasta is al dente, throw the broccoli in with it. Drain pasta/broccoli and rinse in cold water to stop cooking and cool down the pasta.

In a large bowl, whisk vinegar and dijon. Whisk in olive oil.

Add pasta/broccoli, feta, peppers, chickpeas, capers and basil. Toss well and season to taste with salt/pepper. Serve room temperature or cold.

46 Comments

  1. I want an elephant. AND pasta salad. I’ve never said those two sentences together before.

  2. I love the house!! I like east coast houses so much more than I like the houses here in LA.

    And this pasta salad? I just added it to my menu for next week since I, too, have feta in the fridge to use up. I even have a jar of roasted peppers in the pantry and basil growing in my backyard (if I don’t kill it before I make this, that is). This looks so delicious!

    • Thanks, Faygie! I know what you mean…when Nate was looking for jobs in L.A., I started to look at houses and I was SO sad with how they all looked. There are some of the east coast style but they’re like over $1 million. Thankfully we got to stay here.

      So excited for you to make this pasta salad! I hope you like it :)

  3. Your house looks so gorgeous! Love that beautiful clean looking facade and all that greenery.

    • Thank you, Trishie! Yes, I love what a nice lawn it has, but I def need to remove that huge ugly bush in front an add some flowers. I’m so excited!!!

  4. YOUR HOUSE IS SO DARLING!! oh i love it; it’s totally a house i would pick out and i can’t wait – like in a really “i can’t wait” way – to see the inside. I agree with Faygie: east coast houses are the best! In St. Louis, we tend towards and east coast house (versus west coast, although you do see some), and i love them.
    pasta salads are KEY in the summer; one, because of all the fresh produce getting heavy rotation in the fridge (you have to have a place to go with it) and two, because they’re quick to throw together, and cold: always a win for the hot months. i’m so in for this. Tell nate he did a nice job helping with this one.

    • Hehehe, I knew you’d like it, Shannon! Well, when you’re on your book tour, you can come see it for real ;) I’m serious. The inside isn’t anything special right now, since there’s gross mauve-ish carpet and linoleum covering it, but it will be awesome when I’m done!

      Yes, pasta salads are awesome in warm weather. Of course after after I made this, the weather dropped back into the 40s…

  5. Love all the goodies in the pasta salad. And that baby elephant is so cute!!

  6. The house looks great, Amy! I’m sure it will be such a fun (though demanding) project to make it your own. You are going to have a busy summer. : )

    Would love some pasta salad too! Great idea.

  7. Your house is so pretty! I love it!
    I also need a baby elephant in my life, like, nowsies.

  8. Ok, so cute is not how I would describe this house… it’s totally beautiful!! (a first house — somewhere near NYC I’m assuming?! Are you kidding me? GORGEOUS!). And I can’t believe the property…lots of space, trees, green… you must be so excited and just dying to dig in! I remember that feeling when we bought our first home… I literally could not wait to get going. A head full of ideas.

    Your pasta bowl looks delightful. I too get ‘stuck’ on dinner at times. It’s funny because as you say, it’s not like we’re not surrounded by inspiration or think/dream about food constantly ;-), it’s just that when it comes to the functional application, things can slow down at times. Anyhow, it’s hard to go wrong with a delicious toss like this. I often do something similar – stir fry fashion – where I toss in what I have on hand and am always amazed by how yummy it is! :).

    Congrats on your new home Amy!!

    • Thank you, Kelly!!! It’s about 20 miles from nyc where there are lots of trees and green space :) I’ve very excited for my little yard. You should see the back. I have so many ideas of the house, I don’t know how I’ll choose which to actually execute…

      It’s SO hard to come up with a dinner recipe! Maybe it’s because there’s too much inspiration. Stir fries are one of my faves…you never know what you’re going to get, but sadly, it’s very hard to reproduce when it comes out amazing ;)

  9. Congratulations on buying a house! It’s a gorgeous looking home too and the lawn is so green. Good luck with the packing up and moving! It will be lovely to have so much more space xx

  10. Your house is very lovely and I won’t be so surprised for you to be so inspired to churn out wonderful recipes in such a spectacular surrounding. :-)

  11. Your house is perfect – so lovely!

    Also, I think there’s room for an elephant in that yard.

  12. The house is BEAUTIFUL!!! It’s seriously crazy that you are actually going to own it in a few months! Quite the step up from a tiny NYC apartment!

    I am loving this pasta salad and wish I had known about it before heading to my mom’s yesterday! I totally would have whipped it up. Next time!

    • Oh my gosh, I know. It still doesn’t feel real! The sad part is that with the renovations we’re doing, we won’t get to actually move in for like a year, which feels like foreeeeever. Thanks, Joanne!!!

  13. WHat a comfort pasta salad…
    beautifully plated too!

  14. Your house is so cute! I’m so excited for you guys. I can’t wait to see how you make it your own. I love the ingredients in this pasta salad. I think I would love it!

  15. Your house is adorable, I love it!! and I saw that elephant video the other day and can’t get over it haha. SO cute. Great pasta salad, too! Sounds tasty.

  16. I’m eating this right now, and it’s fantastic!!

  17. I HATE when i have to come up with dinner ideas, esp after i have to make breakfast every morning and think of something edible to make for lunch, too! Sometimes it makes me feel like how I imagine the hulk feels before he turns green, just sayin

    Good call on swapping broccoli in place of the zucchini, and I always have feta in my fridge – This looks RATHER tasty, and I’m pretty sure the BF would love it too.

    Also, last but not least OMG I LOVE YOUR HOUSE IT’S SO CUTE !!!

    • Ugh, tell me about it. Well, I can’t say I do much in the way of breakfast…just some yogurt. And lunch is instant soup. Just coming up with ONE meal a day is impossible for me. Thank you, Natalie!!! I’m still so excited about our house :)

  18. Yum!! I love pasta salad. I’ve been having the same salad every day for a week for my lunch now. This would be an awesome way to switch it up!

  19. this looks so good, perfect for a packed lunch congrats on the house its beautiful

  20. Your house is adorable, I look forward to seeing your journey of painting, landscaping and unpacking. A new house is always the start of a new adventure. I love a pasta salad, they are so versatile and you can have your lunch ready for the whole week.

    • Thank you! I’ll be sharing a lot along the way…it’s going to look so different when I’m done. I’m so excited!

  21. Your house is adorable!!! You’ll be so happy making it your home. And your pasta salad looks wonderful!

  22. Oh…you have a lovely new house! Congrats again. I can’t wait to see how you’ll transform the front yard (I’m not good at gardening so I can always use some new ideas). The baby elephant is adorable!!! hehe…I’ve been making lots of pasta salad for dinner lately too. Quite different in terms of ingredients and dressing. But as you said, it’s so hot hot, a cold pasta salad is just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Thank you, Amy! I have no idea what to do with the front yard. I’ve never gardened before so this will certainly be an adventure. Oooh, do you have any good recipes you’ve made lately?

  23. Love some pasta with broccoli.. bonus on the chickpeas! Great for the summer, thanks for sharing! :)

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