Picnic Lemon Garlic Pasta Salad

lemon pasta salad with peppers, onion and cucumbers in white bowl on a blue checked napkin silverware

Perfect past salad to pack for a fun family picnic!


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  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Cook each box of pasta separately for the time on the box. (We like our Al Dente).  Drain and cool completely. (This can be done early in the day as the pasta should be cold.)
  3. Next, chop all of the other vegetables, I use a Vidalia Onion Chop Wizard as it makes all the veggies the same size.
  4. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas.
  5. Cube the Provolone Cheese.
  6. Zest the rind of the 2 lemons with a zester.
  7. In a large bowl mix the pasta, orzo, spinach, chickpeas, bell pepper, onion, English cucumber, basil, celery, celery seed and lemon zest and mix lightly. 
  8. Squeeze all the lemon juice from the 2 lemons with a lemon reamer. Add to the pasta.
  9. Next, add the Garlic Expressions Salad Dressing (you can add more or less depending on your taste)
  10. Mix well & refrigerate.
  11. Add the Provolone Cheese just before serving.