Today we are making kid friendly pasta salad. There is something so simple yet healthy about a Kids Pasta Salad — especially to use it as a side dish or even as a main dish for your kiddos school lunch. I also love that you can add all of your kid’s favorite ingredients into a pasta salad. This kid friendly pasta salad is filling, fresh, tangy, savory, salty and will quickly become a family favorite.

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Yes to a healthy lunch box for kids!

Kid Friendly Pasta Salad Recipe

What makes this pasta salad so yummy is its dressing. Here’s the full recipe for this perfect Kids Pasta Salad! And the best part is, you can add all of your child’s favorite veggies, meats, and cheese! Make this recipe your own!

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Related: We have even more kid friendly recipes!

Ingredients for Kids Pasta Salad recipe

Instructions in making Kids Pasta Salad recipe

Step 1

Follow instructions for cooking the pasta and let it cool.

Step 2

Combine the pasta and pepperoni, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.

Step 3

In a mixing bowl whisk together oil, parmesan cheese, vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Step 4

Add a little dressing at a time and mix well.  You will have some leftovers, do not use all of the dressing.

Step 5

Keep in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

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No leftovers in this lunchbox!

Pair this salad with some of your kiddo’s favorite lunch dishes like grapes, carrots, crackers, and a sweet treat!

Yield: 4-5 servings

Easy Kids Pasta Salad

Easy Kids Pasta Salad

Help your kids eat healthy even when they're at school with this super easy, delicious kids' pasta recipe. Now you don't need to worry if they're meeting their daily nutrient needs! Get the ingredients and make some today!

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  • 400 g Pasta Bow Ties
  • Pepperoni
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • Cheddar Cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Peppe


    1. Cook the pasta as instructed in the package, then let it cool.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine pasta, pepperoni tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.
    3. Whisk oil, parmesan cheese, vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together.
    4. Add a little dressing and mix well.
    5. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving!

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Looking for more pasta salad recipes? We have a couple of those too! You should totally try our Greek pasta salad recipe and our easy macaroni salad recipe.

How did your kids love this easy kids pasta salad?

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