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Summer Protein Pasta Salad

Summer Protein Pasta Salad

Written by: Ava Elliott, Marketing Intern

Reviewed by: Devon Kroesche, MS, RDN, LDN

Picture from https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com

We must challenge the perception that pasta is unhealthy or heavy. It can be very nutritious and a great option for meal prep or an easy-to-pack lunch. This simple yet nutritious recipe is perfect as a side dish or the star of a meal with family and friends. Using fresh vegetables that are in-season will pack the pasta salad with more flavor and brighter colors. Add more protein by using Banza chickpea pasta or Barilla protein pasta.

Growing up, I always craved pasta salad in the summer. I have a core memory of getting dropped off at a friend’s house in the summer after fourth grade and enjoying her mom’s “famous” pasta salad. Since then, I have asked my mom to create a version of it and now that I am older and cook for myself, I try to perfect the flavors. This recipe is very delicious, and you should add it into your summer rotation like I did.


What You’ll Need:

1 lb barilla protein pasta or Banza chickpea

lite or fat free Italian dressing, to taste (~1 cup)

¾ cup turkey pepperoni

1 cup mozzarella balls

1 cup each celery, cucumbers, peppers, onions, chopped


What to Do:

  1. Boil a pot of water and cook pasta as instructed from the package. Drain paste and rinse under cold water.
  2. Chop the vegetables and cheese. Also, chop the turkey pepperoni if desired.
  3. Add the dressing and turkey pepperoni, mozzarella, and vegetables to the pasta. Mix and add additional seasoning if necessary.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes then serve.


Adding extra protein to your day can be helpful to meet your daily protein requirements. This recipe is protein-packed and will help you keep your muscles healthy, recover after exercising, and satisfy your hunger.

Please share with us your Summer Protein Pasta Salad on Instagram or Facebook and tag us @casespecificnutrition! As always, if you’d like to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our dietitians, email scheduling@casespecificnutrition.com.


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