Whenever I need a pasta salad that will feed a crowd but don’t have much time, I make this 3 Ingredient Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Lentil Pasta Salad — whoa that is a mouthful!
The name may be complicated to say, but the recipe could not be easier! It is as easy as boiling noodles.
I simply boil 2 packages of pasta and make sure I have Trader Joe’s pre-made lentils and a container of their bruschetta on hand.
Then it is just a matter of draining the pasta, adding in lentils and bruschetta, a quick stir and voila! You have easy, delicious pasta salad that feeds at least 32 people.
I love to take this to fall potluck dinners, summer picnics, or serve it at parties. It really is not a seasonal specific recipe and can be enjoyed all year long.
Trader Joes Vegan Bruschetta Lentil Pasta Salad
This recipe not only works great for parties but on weeks that I know I am going to be out of town and I want something filling in the refrigerator that my teens can help themselves to.
I like to use Barilla protein pasta, as the protein helps balance out all those carbs, tastes great, and seems more filling, which my athletic teens appreciate.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Bruschetta Lentil Pasta Salad For A Crowd
I have a get-together tomorrow and will be bringing this Bruschetta Lentil Pasta Salad. I will boil, drain and toss the noodles with some oil to keep them from sticking and keep them in the refrigerator tonight.
Then I will add the 2 other ingredients right before we leave or once I get to the party.
It looks prettier when freshly mixed…I think it is because the noodles tend to soak up some of the l liquid once it sits. It still tastes amazing but the noodles will have less of a shine to them.
Speaking of pretty..I’ll admit this is not the prettiest pasta salad you will ever see…I think it is because of the brown lentils…but if you chiffonade some fresh basil it will add a nice green touch. Or, you could just place a few leaves on top.
Tip: This salad tastes amazing with feta cheese or parm cheese shavings added to it. You can get either of these things at Trader Joe’s, too, but it would make your pasta salad vegetarian instead of vegan.
You could just have a bowl sitting alongside the pasta salad for guests to add it themselves if they choose.
One more tip…leave out the pasta, add the cheese and all of the sudden you will have a Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Lentil and Feta dip! Serve with pita chips. Soooo delish…another party favorite!
This pasta salad is a breeze to throw together and simply delicious. Trader Joes does all the work for you, all you have to do is boil noodles and add their pre-cooked lentils and tub of bruschetta. Want to make it pretty? Grab some fresh basil. Are you a cheese lover? Add some feta!
- 2 16 oz pkg bowtie pasta I like Barilla Protein Pasta
- 1 container Trader Joe's Fresh Bruschetta from their refrigerator section
- 1 pkg Trader Joes Pre-Made Lentils from their refrigerator section
Boil pasta according to instructions. Drain
In a large bowl, stir pasta, the container of bruschetta and package of lentils. Break the lentils up with fingers as you add them.
Mix well and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Tip: This salad is wonderful with 8 oz feta cheese added to it. This can also be purchased at Trader Joes. This would make it a vegetarian pasta salad.
Tip #2: Keep the pasta out and you will have a Lentil Bruschetta Feta Dip. Serve with pita chips. All can also be found at Trader Joe's. Grab ingredients on the way to the party and mix it up there!
What are your favorite go-to easy crowd-pleasing recipes?
What are your favorite party food items at Trader Joe’s?
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