Dana’s Easy Pasta Salad

by Dana S on October 25, 2011

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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Dana’s Pasta Salad

Yield -1 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes!

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Cost less than 50 cents

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

karen October 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

how about a healthy pasta salad? or perhaps a variety? i’ve seen some but they are loaded with stuff. :)

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Lisa October 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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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Brooke @ Waiting to Rise October 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I have to make this. I’ve gotten into a lunch rut myself…..thanks for the inspiration!

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