Lunchbox Pasta Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 7th, 2007 | Recipes, Salads

School is back in session, which means that it is time to think of lunches that are healthy and that the kids like.  The kids aren’t so excited about peanut butter sandwiches, and even daily sandwiches made with lunchmeat tend to get boring.  So, I try to vary the lunches by sending bagels and cream cheese, cheese and crackers, a trail mix with peanuts, or banana bread.

A lunch that works especially well for my kids is pasta salad.  I love that they enjoy this dish for many reasons.  One, I easily can make it while preparing dinner.  Two, this recipe makes enough salad for many lunches.  Three, it is full of vegies, making it a very healthy lunch.  Four, my kids never get tired of eating it.  Five, it is much quicker to pack a container of pasta salad than to make a sandwich.

Lunchbox Pasta Salad


  1. 1 lb. rotini
  2. 1 bottle balsamic salad dressing
  3. 1 yellow pepper
  4. 1/2 lb. broccoli
  5. 15 baby carrots
  6. small can black olives
  1. Cook rotini according to package directions.
  2. When only two minutes of cooking time are left, add broccoli (chopped into bite-sized pieces) to the pasta.
  3. Cut pepper into 1″ strips. Slice baby carrots. Drain olives.
  4. Drain pasta and broccoli, and place in a large salad bowl. Add peppers, carrots, and olives.
  5. Pour salad dressing, amount based on desired flavor, on top of all ingredients.
  6. Mix well. Chill for 4 or more hours.
  1. *For additional flavors, the following can be added: cucumber slices, feta cheese, small cubes of cheddar cheese, or cherry tomatoes.
  2. Makes 6 or more school lunches.
Think Tasty

  1. sounds tasty. I love pasta salads, they make excellent left-overs and really pack in flavor while providing a fair amount of nutrients. I will add this to my repetoire of pasta salads, thanks for sharing.

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