Long summer days are ahead and you need a few recipes to keep on hand for social gatherings, starting with this protein-packed veggie pasta salad. This recipe is nothing like your deli pasta salad. Made with a variety of seasonal summer vegetables and tossed in a creamy balsamic vinaigrette, this pasta salad is going to be your new go-to.
Whenever I’m in the kitchen, I like to play a game of “swap this for that” to come up with a more nutritious alternative to classic recipes. With summer holidays just around the corner, the deli pasta salad needed a healthy makeover.
Here are some of the simple swaps made in this recipe:
This protein-packed veggie pasta salad is delicious when assembled, but even better the next day!
Protein-Packed Veggie Pasta Salad
Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Make the pasta according to the package. Drain and set aside.
To make the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
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.
Carly Paige, health coach and cooking instructor, believes that healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Her mission is to show you simple swaps in and out of the kitchen to elevate your everyday that will transform your health. Carly is the author of Simply Swapped Everyday, a healthy guide and cookbook with over 75 plant-powered recipes and founder of FitLiving Eats – a place where she shares nutritious recipes and how-to guides.
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