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High-Protein Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Need a healthy pasta salad recipe? This High-Protein Mediterranean Pasta Salad has everything you need: tons of protein using Barilla chickpea pasta, lots of fresh veggies, and a dairy-free lemon-herb vinaigrette dressing! There’s nothing like cold, refreshing pasta salad on a super hot summer day.

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This high-protein Greek pasta salad has to be in your regular rotation! It’s savory, with a lemony vinaigrette dressing, and gives you a full serving of healthy vegetables. It tastes so good cold or room temperature. It’s one of my favorite work lunches because of how easy it is to make and pack to-go.


Ingredients

  • Barilla Chickpea Rotini Pasta – I tried this plant-based pasta for the first time and absolutely love it. It only has one ingredient – chickpea flour – and has a very good texture compared to a lot of other chickpea pasta!
  • Cucumbers & Tomatoes – To keep with the Greek/Mediterranean theme, we’re using some of the top veggies from that region… organic cucumbers and tomatoes. Grab the English cucumbers for less watery seeds.
  • Marinated Kalamata Olives – I just love the taste of these; they give a great savory, almost meaty flavor and texture to this vegetarian pasta salad.
  • Feta Cheese – A sprinkle of feta cheese really sets this pasta salad off! You can skip if you prefer, but it honestly tastes so good with all of the other ingredients.
  • Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette – Another dressing recipe I have on the blog that comes together in literally 3-5 minutes. It has the perfect light, lemony flavor to go with all of these fresh veggies, and it’s dairy-free!
  • Mayonnaise/Greek Yogurt – This is actually optional; but if you want a hint of creaminess, stir a little mayo or greek yogurt into the pasta salad. Greek yogurt will add even more protein to the dish!

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad is one of my favorite lunches to meal prep because it doesn’t take tons of effort and you can add lots of veggies to up your intake.

  1. Start out by cooking your pasta for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and immediately add the pasta to a large bowl of cold water and ice. This stops the pasta from cooking!
  2. Chop up your veggies into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Drain your pasta, then add in the veggies, fresh chopped basil, and feta cheese.
  4. Pour in the lemon-herb vinaigrette dressing and (optional) mayo/greek yogurt. Stir well.
  5. Season to taste with salad supreme seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  6. That’s it! You can eat immediately, or let everything marinate in the fridge for about an hour to deepen the flavors.
A wooden spoon containing a scoop of High Protein Mediterranean Pasta Salad with the rest of the bowl in the background.

Variations/Substitutions

The great thing about making pasta salad is it’s so easily customizable! If you wanted to switch this Mediterranean Pasta Salad up, try adding the following:

  • Shrimp
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Turkey
  • Crispy Chickpeas
  • Spinach
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Zucchini
  • Orzo

Other Easy Lunches You’ll Love!

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Easy Salmon Cakes

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Cold Sushi “Bake” with Crab

Greek Chicken Gyros

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Cobb Salad

A bowl with all the ingredients for High-Protein Mediterranean Pasta Salad.

High-Protein Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Shani W.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a great healthy, high-protein pasta salad option for the summer! It's an easy way to eat your colors and get all of your macros in.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14.5 oz. chickpea rotini pasta I like Barilla brand!
  • ½ ct. English cucumber de-seeded and chopped
  • 4 oz. grape tomatoes cut in half
  • cup marinated kalamata olives drained and sliced
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 1 cup Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette link to the recipe below!
  • cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt for extra protein!
  • 1 ½ tsp. salad supreme seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add water and salt to a pot. Bring to a rolling boil, then boil pasta for 8-10 minutes. Shorter for al dente, and longer for a softer pasta.
  • To stop the cooking process, drain the pasta and immediately add it to an ice bath (cold water + ice). This helps the pasta maintain its firmness for the salad.
  • Once the pasta is cool to the touch, drain the water and set it aside.
  • Prepare your lemon-herb vinaigrette (if not already prepped – it's ready in less than 5 minutes!)
  • Add your veggies, vinaigrette, mayo, feta cheese, and seasonings/herbs to the pasta. Be sure to season to taste!
  • Stir to combine and refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors marinate. This can keep for about a week in the fridge. Enjoy!
Keyword Greek Pasta Salad, Meal Prep, Mediterranean Pasta Salad, Party Ideas, Pasta Salad

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The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.84
  • Total Cost (6 servings): $5.01
  • Those Other Guys: $6.99+ per serving

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