Mediterranean Protein Pasta Salad

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!

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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!