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Arugula Pasta Salad

You can have this fresh and healthy Arugula Pasta Salad on your dinner table in less than 20 minutes! 

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Happy Labor Day! Any fun plans for your holiday? We are laying low today. We were on vacation last week and are using the holiday to catch up on life. That means lots of laundry, grocery shopping, and answering emails. Don’t feel bad for us, vacation was so worth it. I will be sharing our Jackson Hole experience tomorrow, so stay tuned! We had a wonderful time!

And we aren’t going to let the holiday pass us by without some good food. I am making one of my favorite pasta salads today-Arugula Pasta Salad.

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I make this simple pasta salad all of the time. It is great to take to parties, potlucks, or to friends that are in need of a tasty meal. It is also great for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch or dinner.

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I start with DeLallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Fusilli. The fusilli pasta noodles are fun and I love serving up heart healthy whole wheat pasta!

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I add arugula, capers, grape tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese to the pasta. If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, you can use whatever you have on hand. You can’t beat good garden tomatoes:)

I toss the salad with a light and refreshing lemon olive oil dressing and there you have it!  A simple and healthy pasta salad! I told you it was easy:)

Arugula Pasta Salad Recipe on Love this easy and healthy whole wheat pasta salad!

You can serve the Arugula Pasta Salad at room temperature or chilled. It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days so I like to make a big bowl so we can eat leftovers for lunch.

If you are looking for an easy pasta salad recipe to celebrate Labor Day, make this Arugula Pasta Salad. It’s fresh, colorful, and a real crowd pleaser. It is also a great back to school time! You can have this Arugula Pasta Salad on the table in under 20 minutes! Make sure you keep this recipe handy! We make it all of the time and I think you will too!

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Arugula Pasta Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

This healthy whole wheat Arugula Pasta Salad is one of our "go to" salads for parties and quick weeknight dinners.


10 ounces DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Fusilli Pasta
2 cups arugula
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water.

2. In a large bowl, toss pasta with arugula, capers, and Parmesan cheese.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over pasta salad and toss until well coated. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Note-you can also stir in white beans, garbanzo beans, or chicken for added protein. The pasta salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Disclosure-this post is in partnership with DeLallo, but our opinions are our own. 

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65 Responses to “Arugula Pasta Salad”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 2, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    Love the simplicity to this salad – and it’s so pretty!!

  2. Brooke — September 2, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Yum!! Arugula goes good with anything for me! Looks delicious!

  3. Joanne — September 2, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I love love love all the fresh flavor in this! Such a perfect healthy pasta salad!

  4. Tieghan — September 2, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    This is so pretty and love DeLallo pasta! It is the best in my opinion! So glad you guys had a great time in Jackson Hole and I cannot wait to here about it. It is so pretty there!

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  6. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens — September 2, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    This looks absolutely fabulous! So fresh – and I think the lemon dressing would totally bring the whole dish together! And the fact that it’s super simple is a huge bonus for me!
    My husband were just discussing what to have for dinner tonight (we’re having a lay-low kind of day, too!). I’ve got to make a quick run to the store – but I’ve already got most of these ingredients on hand! Yay! Thanks for the dinner idea! :)

  7. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 2, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I love the simplicity of this dish. The dressing is fresh and simple to put together. And it’s beautiful. Thanks!

  8. Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 2, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Oh, I love this so much! Sounds like a perfect lunch!

  9. Gaby — September 2, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    this is the perf labor day pasta salad!!

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Gorgeous (and delicious!) salad!

  11. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — September 2, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    I love pastas like this, they look so fresh and full of color! I might even add some additional garden greens like kale or spinach!

  12. ATasteOfMadness — September 2, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    This looks so simple and delicious! I’m always looking for great new pasta ideas, yum!

  13. Marla Meridith — September 3, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    Mmmmm. Love this pasta salad!

  14. Emily @ Life on Food — September 3, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Oh those tomatoes look delicious! Ours are just starting to slow down for the year. Sad but then that means it is pumpkin time!

  15. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — September 3, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    This is perfection! Love it!

  16. Julie @ Table for Two — September 3, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    This looks perfect for any meal! I would even have it now if it were acceptable 😉

  17. DeLallo Foods — September 3, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Thanks for this delicious post, Maria! We love the recipe!

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — September 3, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    What a nice, fresh and tasty pasta!

  19. JulieD — September 3, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Love this, Maria, it looks fantastic!

  20. Ashley - Baker by Nature — September 3, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Arugula is something we always have on hand (LOVE it)< so I know we'll whip this up very soon!

  21. Traci — September 3, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Arugula is one of my favorites–such a yummy distinct taste. Love how simple and easy this salad is. It would be perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Do you like it better served warm or cold?

    • Two Peas replied: — September 3rd, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

      I like it both ways. If it’s a hot summer day though, cold:)

  22. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 4, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    This looks so good, fresh, clean and great for the crazy California weather right now!

  23. alex clarkson — September 4, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    This is absolutely healthy and scrumptious..thanks for the recipe and lovely pictures.

  24. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 4, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    This looks so refreshing and is overflowing with all of my favorite tastes!

  25. Sadye — September 4, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I’m definitely making this, with all the arugula from my CSA delivery! I’d like to add chicken to it — my spice rack has a premade Italian mix, or I have another lemon/garlic sauce recipe, but if you have any recommendations I’d be happy to give them a shot, too!

  26. Sadye — September 6, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Post-prep follow up … the salad is good, but the dressing is AMAZING. Do not skip it!

  27. Natural Cut for Perfect Fries — September 21, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    This arugula pasta salad looks great. Thanks for the recipe. Wonderful photos.

  28. Andrea — September 26, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Can this salad be prepped ahead of time?

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  35. Joanie Winborne — March 14, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

    Really, really yummy ! Made it for myself when husband was out of town and had to keep myself from eating the WHOLE BOWL !!!!!

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