Dana’s Easy Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad

As the first few months of the school year have passed, I have gotten into a school lunch rut. I was starting to pack my 1st grader a peanut butter & honey sandwich everyday! Then a little leftover pasta inspired me to create a new, quick dish for school & work lunches.

This is is versatile and can be changed to use up a variety of leftovers. You could substitute leftover rice or add leftover chicken/tuna or beans. You could even challenge an older child to create his own creation using up already in the fridge. Here’s to breaking the school lunch rut!

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Pasta Salad

Yield – 1 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 cup of leftover cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed vegetables (or leftover cooked or raw vegetables)
  • 1 oz cheese, cubed (or substitute 2 oz cooked chicken or tuna or 1/4 cup cooked beans)
  • 2 tbsp oil based salad dressing (such as Italian or Balsamic)


  • Mix all ingredients together well.
  • Pack with a piece of fruit and whole grain crackers.
  • Keep cool until lunchtime.

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  1. Lisa says

    My neighbor taught me this trick years ago. Using frozen assorted veggies keeps the pasta cold till lunch. Kids love it!

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