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Mediterranean Protein Pasta Salad

Recipe and photo @mindfullbymadeline

One of my favorite health tips is looking for ways to incorporate more nutrients into the dishes you already love. A great example of this might be taking one of your go-to pasta dishes and adding more protein. That’s precisely what this Mediterranean Protein Pasta Salad recipe does. It takes a typical Mediterranean pasta salad and adds high-quality protein sources like chickpea pasta and vegan feta cheese. The best part about recipes like this? You can’t even tell that they have been altered from their original form!

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 package penne pasta (I like Banza)
1 package Violife Vegan Feta
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 medium cucumbers
½ cup flat leaf parsley
½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and strained
½ cup green olives, pitted and strained
½ cup red onion
1 of each red, orange, and yellow bell peppers

Greek Dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 T fresh Thyme
1 T fresh Oregano
¼ Cup Stevia
1 T Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions:

Cook pasta according to box instructions, rinse in cold water and strain immediately, set aside.

Cut tomatoes and olives in half.

Chop cucumber, red onion, and peppers — about ½ inch in size.

Roughly chop parsley.

Add all prepped ingredients into a large bowl. Crumble feta and add to bowl. Enjoy!

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