Easy 4 Ingredient Pasta Salad (High Protein, High Fiber)

This 4 ingredient pasta salad is high protein, high fiber and could not be easier to put together. This simple recipe is delicious and my favorite no-fuss lunch meal prep to make at the start of each week. If you’re a pasta salad lover, you’ll love this one!

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4 ingredient pasta salad with chickpea pasta, coleslaw mix, cheddar cubes and italian dressing.

Why you’ll love this

This easy pasta salad recipe only uses four simple ingredients, so it truly could not be easier to throw together.

It’s high protein and high fiber from nutritious ingredients like coleslaw mix and cheddar cheese. That means you’re way more likely to actually stay full and satisfied if you choose this meal.

It’s perfect for meal prep! Make a batch of this 4-ingredient pasta salad at the start of your week, divide into containers and enjoy a delicious lunch all week long.

This simple pasta salad recipe also makes for the perfect side dish for dinner or summer potlucks. I love serving it with grilled chicken or salmon and veggies on the side.

Let’s get into exactly what you need to make it next!

Chickpea pasta, cubed cheddar, coleslaw mix and Italian dressing in bowls with labels on a countertop.

Ingredients you need

This is the best pasta salad because you only need four ingredients. Can it get any better than that? We’re busy people and I just love recipes like this!

  1. Chickpea pasta: You can use any chickpea pasta, red lentil pasta or other legume pasta that you enjoy. Here are my favorites:
  2. Coleslaw mix: Coleslaw mix is just shredded cabbage and carrots, and it’s perfect for this low ingredient pasta salad because it adds nutrition and lots of crunch. You can also use any veggie slaw that your grocery store has in stock, like broccoli slaw.
  3. Sharp cheddar cheese: I love to use cubed cheddar or monterey jack, but you can also use fresh mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, or any other that you love in pasta salad.
  4. Italian dressing or vinaigrette of choice: Feel free to use your favorite bottled vinaigrette, or you can use one of my favorite homemade vinaigrettes:

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Cook your chickpea pasta according to package directions and cool by either running the drained pasta under cold water or setting in the fridge for a few minutes.
Cooked pasta in a casserole dish.
  1. In a large bowl, add cooked pasta, coleslaw mix, cubed cheddar cheese and dressing.
Cooked chickpea pasta, coleslaw mix and cubed cheddar in a casserole dish unmixed.
  1. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
Italian dressing being poured into a casserole dish full of chickpea pasta, coleslaw mix and cubed cheddar.
  1. Add additional dressing, salt and/or black pepper to taste. Enjoy!
A close up shot of mixed 4 ingredient pasta salad in a white casserole dish.

Recipe FAQ & Variations

Favorite add-ins

  • More veggies: Green onions, red onion, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, green pepper, shredded carrots, diced cucumber, or chopped broccoli.
  • Olives: Black olives or kalamata olives work great in this recipe.
  • Fresh herbs: Like fresh basil, cilantro, or chopped parsley.
  • Protein: Cubed cooked chicken breast, chopped deli meat, or shelled edamame are all great protein sources to boost the protein even more.
  • More cheese! I love sprinkling a little bit of fresh parmesan cheese on top of this pasta salad, too!

Make it creamy

Turn this classic pasta salad into a creamy pasta salad by adding mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, sour cream or your favorite creamy salad dressing (like ranch).

Turn it into an easy salad

Make a super easy salad by topping your favorite greens with this simple recipe and add any additional veggies that you want!

How to store

Store cold pasta salad in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To “freshen” up the leftover pasta salad, I recommend giving it a fresh splash of dressing right before serving for extra flavor.

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A close up shot of mixed 4 ingredient pasta salad in a white casserole dish.

Easy 4 Ingredient Pasta Salad

4 ingredient pasta salad made with chickpea pasta, cubed cheddar, coleslaw mix and vinaigrette. Perfect for a high protein, high fiber meal prep!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 390kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz chickpea pasta
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese cubed
  • 3.5 cups coleslaw mix or a 10-oz. bag, any veggie slaw will woork
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Italian dressing or your favorite bottled vinaigrette

Instructions

  • Cook your chickpea pasta according to package directions and cool by either running the drained pasta under cold water or setting in the fridge for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add cooked pasta, coleslaw mix, cubed cheddar cheese and dressing.
  • Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Add additional dressing, salt and/or pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 6mg

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