Protein-Packed Pasta Salad Recipe

Protein-Packed Pasta Salad Recipe


This easy protein-packed pasta salad is loaded with summer’s freshest veggies — zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli and even purple cabbage for vibrant color.


  • 1 box lentil or chickpea pasta
  • 1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1½ cups broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1½ cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1½ cups zucchini, sliced
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ⅓ cup olives 

Creamy Balsamic Dressing
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Make the pasta according to the package. Drain and set aside. 
  2. To make the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.Set aside. 
  3. Add the pasta, veggies, hemp seeds and olives to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the balsamic dressing and toss to coat. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Written by: Oh So Delicioso