Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad

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Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad with a tangy Lemon Buttermilk Dressing ~ spring forward with this colorful and healthy pasta salad made with Chickapea gluten free pasta, lots of fruits and veggies, and an extra dose of crunch!

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Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad

This salad was fun to fun to invent, and so easy to put together once I had all the flavors figured out., but honestly, when I told my husband I was making a salad with blueberries and broccoli he screwed up his face in the most annoying way.  If you’re not sure about blueberries and broccoli just trust me ~ the first bite of this wonderful salad will convince you.  It all starts with a box of naturally gluten free Chickapea Pasta, made from just 2 ingredients ~ organic chickpeas and lentils!  So you can see where we’re going here…this salad is not only yummy, it’s honest to goodness super food.  My spirals are full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals ~ no empty carbs here.

There are carbs, and then there are smart carbs ~ smart carbs like chickpeas and lentils are better for us because our bodies burn them more slowly and evenly, preventing the spikes in blood sugar that can lead to diabetes and other health issues.

Chickapea gluten free pasta ready to be made into a delicious Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad with Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

After cooking and draining, I toss the pasta with some of my lemony buttermilk dressing ~ it keeps the pasta from sticking together, and will also soak in a bit while I prep my other ingredients.  This salad has an unusual mix of fresh veggies and fruit, along with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.  The end result is really wonderful, I love the contrast between the sweet and savory flavors

TIP: This salad is sophisticated enough for an adult palate, but also a great kid-pleaser ~ those juicy blueberries and crunchy apples can help introduce the joys of broccoli to your picky eaters,

Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad with Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

You can make this healthy pasta salad recipe in the morning, it will hold up fine in the refrigerator.  I like to refresh it with a little more dressing just before serving.   The dressing is a tangy mixture of lemon juice, poppy seeds, buttermilk, and mayo…not as thick as most mayonnaise based dressings and so delicious  I could eat it with a spoon!  I used a similar dressing for my CHICKEN SALAD WITH POPPY SEED MAYONNAISE, but that one doesn’t contain buttermilk.  If you want to try a mayo-less version, check out my LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING recipe.

Dressing a colorful and gluten free Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad with Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

Why are smart carbs so important?

So many of the carbs we consume in our Western diet are empty, overly processed carbohydrates like white bread and white rice.  They’re wreaking havoc with our bodies and leading to all sorts of health problems like obesity and diabetes.  But I love carbs, and I’m not about to do with out them, so I try to replace the empty ones with better choices.   Good carbs, or smart carbs, are foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans.   You can instantly improve your diet by simply switching out refined flour pasta with this chickpea and lentil pasta, I love simple solutions like this!

Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad with Lemon Buttermilk Dressing is a fresh, healthy, and gluten free pasta salad just bursting with flavor and crunchy texture!

The flavors in this salad work together so well, I hope you give it a try, I have a hunch it’ll become a family favorite.  And if you have little ones who would live on pasta if they had their way, this is a really smart choice for them.  My youngest daughter wanted ‘buttery pasta’ 24/7, I wish Chickapea had been around for me then :)

Chickapea pasta tastes just like regular pasta, I can’t tell the difference.  The texture is firm and chewy, no limp noodles here, and they hold up beautifully in sauces and salads like this one.

Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad

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Blueberry Broccoli Pasta Salad
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Yield: serves 4-6

Blueberry Broccoli Pasta Salad


  • 8 ounces (227g) Chickapea Spiral Pasta
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets (175 grams)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (50 grams)
  • 1/2 cup diced apples (50 grams) tossed with lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (50 grams)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (40 grams)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (50 grams)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (45 grams)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (35 grams)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (120 grams)
  • 3 Tbsp buttermilk (45 mL)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds (15 mL)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse the pasta in cold water to stop the cooking. Put in a bowl and drizzle with some of the dressing, toss gently.
  2. Put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with a tablespoon of water and microwave for 90 seconds. Drain.
  3. You can assemble the salad in two ways ~ You can arrange the ingredients on top of the pasta, and then dress and toss at the table, or you can mix everything together, it's your call.
  4. Add just enough dressing to moisten the salad without drowning it, you can always add more later.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • If you like, add some cheese to this salad, I think mild cheddar, Gouda, or Monterey Jack would work well, and cut it in a small dice.
  • You can incorporate Chickapea pasta into any of your favorite pasta recipes, like my Israeli Pasta Salad, or my Pasta Salad with Tuna.
  • If you can’t find Chickapea pasta at your local store, you can find it on Amazon, HERE.


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    Do Thanh
    May 30, 2017 at 2:53 am

    What a colourful and tasty salad, This is one of the most interesting salads I have seen in a while. Luckily I can find these ingredients here although Bluberries that are not popular here but I think I can add Grapes as a substitute, right? I don’t often eat Pasta but this recipe, I can not wait to try it, looks so colorful and fascinating. Great combination. Thanks

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    Heather Brown
    March 20, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Girl, this looks so good!

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    March 17, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I’m always looking for ways to make pasta healthier. This is brilliant!

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    Sherry Klusman
    March 17, 2017 at 6:19 am

    This recipe sounds delicious – so colorful.
    Where does one buy chickpea pasta? Is this a Trader Joe’s item or maybe Whole Foods.
    Love the video

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    March 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I love all the colors and textures of this salad – just gorgeous!

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    Rebecca {foodie with family}
    March 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

    My dad is going to try a gluten-free diet for a while to help control inflammation and I’m looking for excellent, familiar foods made gf, so I am really glad to learn about Chickapea Pasta. I’m going to grab a few boxes to play with for him. This salad looks divine!

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    March 16, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Have to admit, I’ve never tried chickpea pasta — but this wonderfully unique combination of veggies and fruit is intriguing enough for me to want to try. Strawberries and spinach salads have become ubiquitous. Why not blueberries and broccoli! Hats off to your creativity, Sue

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    March 16, 2017 at 4:42 am

    YUM! Looks like something I’d pay $12.99 a pound for at whole foods ( I say that as a compliment!). Got to try this one.

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    Kim Beaulieu
    March 16, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I’m a carb girl so this is right up my alley. I could eat this all the live long day. It’s totally stunning too!

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    2 sisters recipes
    March 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    What a beautiful salad Sue! Love all the fruits and broccoli combination. And that poppy seed dressing sounds amazing!
    Super recipe – a must try for us!

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    Lindsay Cotter
    March 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I love Chickapea Pasta! And I love this blueberry and broccoli pasta salad you’ve created! Can’t wait to try! Looks so healthy and delicious!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    March 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! This looks so delicious. I saw the broccoli and blueberries and knew instantly I would LOVE this salad. I love fruit with salads and savory meals. This is just so spring. And that pasta! Gets me every time.

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    Kristen @ The Endless Meal
    March 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I just can’t get over this salad. It’s so pretty! I love that you’ve used Chickapea Pasta, too. We’re huge fans of it!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This salad is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to make it! I happen to have a box of Chickapea pasta spirals in my pantry so I know what to make with it now! Love the colors, the flavors and that dressing – wow! Great post!!!

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    March 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I was going to ask about the texture but I see you already answered that. OK — I’m sold. Never heard of this before but will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

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    debi at Life Currents
    March 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    This part of spring forward makes up for having to change the clocks to spring forward. This salad looks fantastic! I wish I had one in front of me right now.

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      March 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Deb, I hope you try it, I think you’ll love how it all comes together…

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    Platter Talk
    March 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    It’s really amazing how the poppy seed dressing transforms the look and level of the veggies and berries! Well done.

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      March 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      What is it about poppy seed dressing, it makes everything it touches more appetizing, I agree!

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