Protein Pasta Salad

🍴 Need a simple side dish for a holiday party🎄?

💁🏻‍♀️ This no-fuss pasta salad is guaranteed to make your guests scream “GIMME MORE”… even the kiddos 👏🏼!

And not only is this pasta deliciously creamy 😍, it’s packed with protein and fiber.






Serving Size: 1/2 entire serving
  • Protein - 15 g
  • Carbs - 36 g
  • Fat - 9 g


  • 4 ounces banza chickpea pasta shells, measured dry
  • 3 tablespoons eggless light mayo
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons granular sweetener
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

Cooking Utensils

  • medium sauce pan
  • 2 mixing bowls


  1. Prepare pasta per directions on the box, strain and set aside. (I add olive oil to water to prevent the pasta from sticking)
  2. Mayo mixture: Combine eggless light mayo, vinegar, dijon mustard, ginger powder and sweetener — I started with 1 teaspoon sweetener. Add salt and pepper. Mix well (taste to adjust seasoning).
  3. Put cooked pasta, celery, onion and tomatoes into a bowl. Pour mayo mixture over and combine gently.
  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the dish will be!




More Protein (non-vegan): add hard-boiled egg whites or rotisserie chicken

Pasta alternatives: Banza chickpea pasta, Jovial gluten free pasta, Trader Joes brown rice pasta

Lower Carb: swap the pasta for cauliflower

Mayo alternatives: Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo or Vegan Mayo

Add-ins: chopped broccoli, diced carrots, chopped red bell pepper, green olives

Additional Information

Approximately 260 calories per serving

~ 1 palm protein, 1 fist carbs, 1 thumb fat

Calories will vary depending on brand of ingredients, substitutions and serving size.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free

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