High Protein Pasta Salad Recipe

High Protein Pasta Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for a quick and easy High Protein Pasta Salad recipe, you’ve come to the right place!

This pasta salad can be made in 20 mins using high-protein pasta, vegetables and seasoning! This recipe is Mediterranean-inspired with lots of healthy ingredients like beans, herbs, olives and some tofu “feta” (high in protein no dairy).

It’s great as a main or side dish, perfect for BBQ salads, and even great for meal prep (just multiple based on servings needed)!

Recipe for High Protein Pasta Salad

Recipe for High Protein Pasta Salad

This high protein pasta salad takes 20 mins to throw together!

All you need to make this delicious and simple protein salad is some protein pasta (like chickpea pasta), beans, cucumber, onion, red cabbage, bell peppers, olives, fresh herbs, and dressing ingredients like olive oil, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and Italian seasoning!

If you want to make this healthier, you can also add in as many vegetables as you’d like. You don’t need to follow my recipe exactly, as you are more than welcome to customize it based on whatever ingredients you have at home!


The recipe can be made gluten-free using gluten-free pasta.

Ingredients for Pasta Salad (High Protein)

Ingredients

  • High Protein Pasta (ex: chickpea pasta)
  • Chickpeas / Edamame
  • Tofu Feta
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion 
  • Red Cabbage
  • Bell Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Herbs: Dill, basil or parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Maple syrup/agave nectar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Italian Seasoning
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How To Make High Protein Pasta Salad

Start making your protein pasta salad by first making your tofu feta (optional but recommended), which is high in protein! Follow my feta tofu recipe here, preferably about 30 minutes to an hour before you make the pasta salad. If not possible, prepare the tofu feta and set it aside while doing the rest of the steps below.

Next, cook your protein pasta according to the package instructions. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in cold water thoroughly.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and other ingredients. Then, mix together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: olive oil, maple syrup or agave nectar, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and Italian seasoning.

Add all ingredients, including protein pasta and tofu feta, into a large mixing bowl, along with the dressing. Taste and add any salt and pepper as needed. Store in a tightly sealed container(s) in the fridge for up to 4 days and enjoy!

Watch me make this recipe on YouTube here!

High Protein Pasta Salad

High Protein Pasta Salad

I made a high protein pasta salad! This pasta salad recipe is high in protein and can be made in 20 mins using protein pasta, seasoning, and vegetables!
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Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: high protein, meal prep, pasta, pasta salad, salad, vegan, vegan meal prep
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 1006kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Measuring utensils
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Mixing Bowl Large

Ingredients

High Protein Pasta Salad

  • 1/2 recipe Tofu Feta high in protein
  • 2 servings protein pasta like chickpea pasta. You could also use regular pasta. Rinse in cold water and draine
  • 1 large cucumber seeded (or 3 mini cucumbers)
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1.5 cups edamame peeled
  • 1/3 cup black olives sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • Basil or dill or parsley, add based on preference

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Start making your protein pasta salad by first making your tofu feta (optional but recommended), which is high in protein! Follow my feta tofu recipe here, preferably about 30 minutes to an hour before you make the pasta salad. If not possible, prepare the tofu feta and set it aside while doing the rest of the steps below.
  • Next, cook your protein pasta according to the package instructions. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in cold water thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and other ingredients. Then, mix together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: olive oil, maple syrup or agave nectar, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and Italian seasoning.
  • Add all ingredients, including protein pasta and tofu feta, into a large mixing bowl, along with the dressing. Taste and add any salt and pepper as needed. Store in a tightly sealed container(s) in the fridge for up to 4 days and enjoy!

Video

Notes

To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.
To make this soy-free, omit Tofu Feta or use a store-bought soy-free dairy-free feta instead and omit edamame beans and replace with other types of beans. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1006kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2646IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 18mg

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