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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kid Friendly Pasta Salad

Who doesn't love a cold pasta salad on a hot summer day? In addition to being tasty, cool and refreshing, pasta salad is one of my secrets for providing a variety of healthy foods my entire family will love. Don't get caught up in visions of plain jane macaroni salad from the grocery deli - come up with a list of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses that your family likes and group them in complimentary combinations. Then come up with a dressing that is well suited to your combination- easy, right? And the combinations are endless.

The photo above is one of my girls' favorites right now - let's call it a very grape garden salad! As this is more of a method than a recipe, here are a few tips, and then a list of ingredients:

Keep ingredients small enough for little mouths, and also easy for little fingers to pick up if the fork and spoon loose their appeal. When making these salads, I often cook 2 boxes of pasta at once and make 2-3 different salads so we can rotate flavors.

In the salad above, we have peas, corn, sliced grape tomatoes, sliced grapes and shredded cheese with a poppyseed dressing.

Does your family love pasta salad? What are your favorite ingredients?

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Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said...

Pasta salad is a great idea for toddlers (and the whole family!) I like to add olives, grape tomatoes, and fresh herbs, along with whatever might be in season at the time. And you're right, fruit is always a fun touch! I try to use kamut or quinoa pasta for extra nutritional value, but my son usually picks out all the veggies and leaves the pasta behind anyway :(

Thanks for linking up!

melissa said...

I agree - pasta salad is a fabulous idea! I don't have a standard favorite recipe, but peas are my favorite addition!