10 High Protein Pasta Salad Recipes You Need to Try

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Today on The Inspiration Edit we are sharing ten fantastic high protein pasta salad recipes. Whether you’re looking for a tasty side dish for your next family get together, or if you’re looking for protein rich salad ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We have ten delicious recipes to share which are both healthy and filling.

These recipes are great for bariatric patients looking to enjoy a little pasta alongside the much needed protein and veggies required in a bariatric diet.

Lemon Mustard Orzo With Shrimp

This Lemon Mustard Orzo Salad screams springtime with orzo pasta, juicy shrimp, sweet cherry tomatoes, beautiful ripe asparagus, all tossed in a bright lemon dressing. It’s filling, but light, and perfect as a side or main course at home, or for a potluck. A great high protein side salad and one you can enjoy all year round.


No-Mayo Tuna Salad

This No-Mayo Tuna Pasta Salad is loaded with Mediterranean flavors! Tender noodles, protein-rich tuna, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamata olives and capers are tossed in a flavorful lemon yogurt vinaigrette.

Seafood Macaroni Salad

Creamy seafood macaroni salad made with elbow noodles, steamed shrimps, delicious dressing, and a dash of Old Bay. This makes a wonderful high protein side salad and a great taste of the ocean!

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

With salami, fresh herbs and roasted capsicum, this bright and zesty Italian pasta salad makes the perfect side dish for summer barbeques, holidays and family gatherings.

salami pasta salad

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Rotisserie or leftover chicken added to this delicious macaroni salad makes a perfect lunch or light dinner that is high in protein.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Simple and creamy deviled egg pasta salad with macaroni, bacon, and mayo. A delicious way of using leftover hard-boiled eggs.

devilled egg pasta salad

BBQ Macaroni Side Salad

Just in time for summer picnics and barbecues, Macaroni Salad is simply delicious! With a pickle brine dressing and tuna, this salad makes a perfect light lunch or cold side dish.

Lobster Pasta

Take things up a notch by adding lobster to your pasta salad. It feels decadent enough for pot lucks and a little bit of lobster goes a long way.

Orzo Shrimp Delight

This Orzo salad is loaded with juicy shrimp, cherry tomatoes and onion. This is a fantastic high protein pasta salad or side dish to enjoy at your next family bbq or as a main dish on it’s own.

Tuna Pasta and Veg Salad Medley

This Tuna Pasta Salad has an amazing creamy but not heavy dressing, and the tasty tuna pairs perfectly fresh veggies and peas.

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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. So many great and delicious options! I can’t wait to start cooking. Thanks for including my No-Mayo Tuna Salad!

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