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  • Writer's pictureKalie Bella

High Protein Pasta Salad

Who else loves picnic food?! You know what I mean. The grilled burgers, salads, fresh fruit and veggies, macaroni salad and pasta salad. You know, THAT food. Maybe it's the experience and family that makes it taste so much better. Or maybe it's that we only eat it a few times a year.

Either way, I turned my favorite pasta salad recipe into a higher protein option so it keeps me full!

Disclaimer: can be consumed all year.

By using noodles that are high in plant protein, this side dish will be sure to keep you feeling full!


List of Ingredients

  • 1 Box of Banza Chickpea Pasta

  • 1/2 of a Cucumber

  • 6 Cherry Tomatos

  • 1/4 of a Red Onion

  • 1/2 of a Bell Pepper

  • 1/2 cup of Shaved Broccoli

  • 3 Cheddar Cheese Sticks

  • Uncured Turkey Pepperoni

  • Italian Dressing

Step 1: Let’s Get Started

First, boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Strain and rinse with cold water. This helps to bring the temperature of the noodles down before adding your toppings.

While pasta is cooking, cut up all of your produce and set aside. Cube your cheese sticks, slice pepperoni and set aside.

Step 2: Up Next

Once all of your toppings are cut up and pasta is done, add to a large bowl. Top with your favorite Italian dressing (measure with your heart) and taste. Once everything is to your liking, add to fridge and let cool for a few hours.


I hope this helps to bring some nostalgia for those summertime parties with your loved ones. Enjoy as is, or paired with a good old fashioned chicken burger!

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