High Protein Caprese Pasta Salad - A light and fresh gluten free dish full of protein and fiber, perfect for lunch or as a light dinner this summer! It can also be made Vegan!
Nothing screams summer like sweet, juicy fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil. It's a classic combination that never, ever gets old!
For this recipe, we have combined those wonderful flavors to create a hearty, filling, protein-packed Caprese pasta salad. Made with Explore Cuisine's Chickpea Fusilli , fresh tomatoes, basil, vegan or dairy mozzarella, and homemade pesto, it's a great addition to your summer lunch menu! You can find vegan mozzarella in most grocery stores, or you can even make your own! You can follow Sam's recipe, from the blog "It doesn't taste like chicken", by clicking HERE.
- High in plant protein (about 11g per serving)
- High in fiber
- Light, bright and refreshing. Perfect for summer!
- Easily made vegan or vegetarian
- Ready in 10 minutes
- A complete meal in a bowl
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High Protein Caprese Pasta Salad
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
High Protein Caprese Pasta Salad - A light and fresh gluten free dish is full of protein and fiber, perfect for lunch or as a light dinner this summer! It can also be made Vegan!
1 - 8 ounce package Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fussili
1 lb cocktail tomatoes, quartered ( about 18)
8 ounces marinated mozzarella balls or vegan mozzarella ( for instructions on how to make it at home, click HERE )
½ cup chopped basil
¼ cup pesto, store bough or home made (recipe follows)
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp salt
⅛ tsp black pepper
Cook the pasta following package instructions. Drain well and set aside
Transfer the pasta to a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and toss well. Refrigerate until ready to serve
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Category: Entree
- Method: Summer
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: ⅙
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 0
- Fat: 12
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 29
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 19
- Cholesterol: 0
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Love the idea of using high protein pasta, what a great way to sneak protein into a pasta dish.
Rebecca Mauger says
This was a wonderful, easy meal to make and take with me in a covered bowl without too much worry of spoilage. Fresh and balanced beautifully. Thank you. My family enjoyed it too!
If I were to nitpick, it’s the fact that the pasta itself isn’t quite included in the recipe.
Vicky & Ruth says
Thank you so much for your feedback Rebecca! So glad to hear you and your family enjoyed it 🙂
This was great. So many of my favorite foods together and so colorful, just like the authors.
Vicky & Ruth says
AWW! Thank you so much!
Super yummy Caprese pasta salad!
Amazing Caprese Salad!
The perfect summer caprese salad! thank you!
Made this a lot and love it! Added chicken. Could you link the pesto you mention linking below? I can't find it.
Vicky and Ruth says
Hi Audra, happy to hear that you are enjoying our Caprese pasta salad recipe. Here's the link to our homemade pesto:
I can't wait to try! I have been looking for a way to take a healthy filling lunch on the go and this is perfect!!
Vicky and Ruth says
YAY! Thank you!