It is back-to-school time which means, it is time to start packing lunches. Kids tire easily of the same foods, try this delicious, colorful kid friendly pasta salad in their lunch.
I start off each lunch packing season with a BANG! I am creative, my kids have beautiful, delicious lunches…then I hit a wall! I lose my lunch packing mojo!
However, this year I am still going strong and we are nearly into week four!
My kids like simple flavors. They are not fancy eaters. My kids like ingredients that are colorful and different in shape.
Insert this Kid Friendly Pasta Salad. It is full of colors! It is full of fun shapes! We nailed it with this simple, yet tasty lunch!
The secret ingredient to this kid friendly pasta salad is the pasta. We used Organic Chickpea Fusilli from Explore Cuisine.
Not only does this pasta taste amazing but it packs in the protein because it is made from chickpeas! It is certified gluten-free and made in a dedicated gluten-free facility! It also carries the Vegan Society seal of approval.
The pasta also holds together after a couple of days in the fridge. So this batch of pasta salad could last a few days in the fridge, if needed. If you are making a warm dish, the pasta also reheats well.
This is a winning situation all around!
This recipe is simple enough that you can involve your kids in the preparation. I would highly suggest involving your children in the cooking process.
When your children are involved, they become more invested. This is also a way to get your kids to try new food items.
Being active in the kitchen with your children lays a foundation for life long skills.
For this recipe, we used simple ingredients and simple measurements. We used 1 cup measurement for many of the ingredients.
So we have:
1 cup cooked edamame
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup halved black olives
1 cup cheddar cheese chunks (about equal to 4 cheese sticks!)
You get the idea! SO simple!
The result is simply delicious! It will keep you coming back for more!
- 1 cup cooked edamame
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup halved black olives
- 1 cup cheddar cheese chunks (about equal to 4 cheese sticks!)
- 1 cup Italian Salad Dressing (gluten-free)
- 1 box of Explore Cuisine - Organic Chickpea Fusilli
- ½ cup of fresh parsley
- Prepare pasta per direction on box. Once pasta is cooked, rinse in cool water, drain and set aside.
- Cook 1 cup of edamame per the instructions on the box. Set aside to cool.
- Chop and prepare your carrots, tomatoes, olives and cheese.
- Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until combined well.
- Chill and serve!
A HUGE thank you to Explore Cuisine for sponsoring this post! We will be exploring several of their products over the coming months!
I can’t wait to show you all the delicious recipes that we’ve come up with and just how amazing their pasta is! If you haven’t tried this yet, please do.
I will even venture to bet that you’ll have a new favorite!