Basil Pesto Carrot Chickpea Protein Pasta Salad

This Basil Pesto Carrot Chickpea Protein Pasta Salad is a cold, vegetarian, salad recipe that has shredded carrot, basil pesto, chopped celery, chickpeas, and protein Penne pasta.

This vegetarian, protein pasta salad is exactly the kind of thing that I would make in warmer weather or just year round as a meal prep option to have during the week for quick meal.

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 5 MINUTES


– 1 box (14.5 ounce/411 grams) cooked Protein Penne Pasta (we use Barilla brand), made ahead and chilled – 1 can (15.5 ounce/439 grams) chickpeas, low sodium, drained and rinsed – 1 cup shredded carrot (use peeled carrots)

In a large mixing bowl, add the chilled pasta, chickpeas, basil pesto, shredded carrot, chopped celery, optional sliced onion, mayonnaise and optional rice vinegar toss together.

Step 1:

Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, add any additional ingredients to adjust to your tastes.

Step 2:

Step 3:

Add optional fresh basil for serving. Enjoy!

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