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Healthy Protein-Packed Pasta Salad

Julia Price
Apr. 19, 2023 / VASA Admin
Healthy Protein-Packed Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is an easy dish to meal prep and enjoy throughout the week, pack for a picnic, or serve during a family get-together. Swap standard pasta for chickpea pasta to lower the gluten index and add chicken for an extra punch of protein. With over 30 grams of protein per serving, this is a pasta dish you’ll be making time and time again!


  • 8 oz Rotini Chickpea Pasta, Cooked
  • 12 oz Cooked Chicken, Chopped
  • ½ cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • ¼ cup Yellow Onion, Diced
  • ½ cup Black Olives, Sliced
  • 1 cup Red Peppers, Diced
  • 1 cup Kale, Shredded
  • ½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • ¾ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp Parsley
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper




  1. In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix with a whisk until well combined.
  2. Cook the pasta based on the instructions on the box and set aside to cool.
  3. Bake or grill the chicken. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  4. Halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the onions and peppers, slice the olives, and shred the kale.
  5. In a large bowl, combine all the pasta salad ingredients and top with the dressing. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Serve right away or store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.