Average: 4 (1 vote)
Active time
30 minutes
Total time
40 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1/4 recipe

1 large zucchini, sliced

½ teaspoon salt, divided

½ teaspoon pepper, divided

½ cup toasted, chopped walnuts

1 bunch beet greens, washed thoroughly (can substitute with 1 ½ cups spinach)

2 garlic cloves (peeled)

½ cup fresh basil leaves

1 lemon (zested and juiced)

⅓ cup olive oil 

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

8 oz whole grain pasta, cooked according to package instructions

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. 
  2. Season zucchini slices with ¼ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper and roast for 25 minutes. 
  3. While the zucchini is cooking, add walnuts to a high powered blender or food processor, and pulse until it reaches a fine meal. 
  4. Add the beet greens, garlic, basil, lemon juice & zest, half of the olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and pulse until the mixture begins to combine (you may need to pause and scrape down the sides). 
  5. Slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil and blend until well combined. 
  6. In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta with the zucchini, chickpeas, tomatoes, and pesto sauce.

An Oldways Whole Grains Council recipe, courtesy of Kelly Toups


Calories: 680
Total Fat: 31g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Sodium: 510mg
Carbohydrate: 67g
Fiber: 8g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 17g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

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I would like to see the nutrition included. I know there's plenty of protein, but others will not appreciate how much protein and nutrients are here. They might feel the need to add animal protein. Thanks for your consideration. :)
Hi Shaari -- we include the nutrition information for all our recipes in the orange menu bar that runs just under the recipe image. On the right hand side, you will see a box labeled "nutrition." If you hover over the "i" right after the word, a red box pops up showing all the nutrition facts, including protein (this recipe provides 17g of protein per serving). We're glad you enjoyed the dish!
Looks like a tasty salad. I do not see in the instructions what happens to the zucchini after it is roasted. Did I miss something? Thanks.
Thanks for catching that, Rob! We've adjusted the instructions in step 6 to include the zucchini.

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