Jeanine here, excited to chime in after Camille’s post earlier this week about kitchen staples. Today I’m sharing this super easy recipe that uses of one my favorite staple ingredients: dijon mustard. I just love the tangy kick it adds to salad dressings, avocado sandwiches, grilled salmon… I could go on and on.

For this pasta salad, I whisked a little dijon with olive oil and lemon juice before tossing it with chickpeas, peas, feta, and fresh herbs. It’s become one of my favorite springtime go-to meals, but it would also be a great veggie dish to bring to a picnic or backyard bbq.

Spring Pea & Feta Pasta

serves 2 as a meal, 3-4 as a side


for the dressing:

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice & zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (I like this brand)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 smashed clove of garlic
  • salt & pepper

toss together with:

  • 1 cup dried pasta (plus reserve some pasta water)
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped or crumbled feta
  • a few handfuls of fresh leafy herbs (parsley, basil, tarragon or mint are all good choices)


  1. In a small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients together. (I like to let the smashed garlic sit in the dressing while I prepare the rest of the dish and then I remove it before pouring).
  2. Cook your pasta in salty water until al dente. Toss the warm pasta together with the chickpeas, peas, feta, and most of the dressing. Add a little bit of pasta water if necessary to create a creamy consistency. Toss in the herbs and as much of the remaining dressing as you like. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Let it sit for at least 15-20 mins for best flavor. Serve at room temperature.

*photos by Love & Lemons

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    kelsey May 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    this looks delectable and perfectly fresh for spring
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  2. 2
    Sarah | Sarah The Architect May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love the pops of green, looks delicious!

  3. 3
    Camille Styles May 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I cannot WAIT to make this… so fresh and light, yet would totally satisfy my (all too frequent) pasta cravings!

  4. 4
    Miriam Corona May 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    looks delish and so simple! Most of those ingredients are already staples in my kitchen 🙂 going to try it! thanks!

  5. 5
    Erin May 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Stupid question perhaps, but are the peas cooked? I love fresh peas, straight out of the pod and this would give this some bite.

  6. 6
    yoli June 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Me gusto la receta se ve deli .lo provareel queso feta me encanta .