Filed Under: Child, Dinner, Lunch, Pasta, Pregnancy, School Lunch, snack, Under 10 Mins

“Create Your Own” Pasta Salad

This is a great toteable salad that kids will love because they can customize it with their favourite flavourings. Suggest feta grape tomatoes, red peppers and tuna.

February 20th, 2007

by Julia Aitken

Servings
6
Prep Time
40 to 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 lb fusilli or cavatappi pasta (500 g)
  • 1/2 cup pesto (125 mL)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (50 mL)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (25 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp each salt
  • 2 mL black pepper
Directions
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes until tender but still firm. Drain well; do not rinse.  Return pasta to pot. Add pesto and 2 tbsp (25 mL) oil; toss well. Let cool completely.  In a glass measure, whisk together remaining oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to pasta; toss well.

  2. Put pasta in an airtight container; carry to picnic in cooler. Put your choice of add-ins in small airtight containers; carry to picnic in cooler. Serve pasta on plastic plates and have everyone select their choice of add-in ingredients.

Nutrients Per Serving

per serving: (using 1/4 cup/50 mL each crumbled feta, whole grape tomatoes, chopped sweet red pepper and canned flaked tuna): 471 calories, 19.7 g fat,99 mg calcium,669 mg sodium,59.5 g carbohydrate, 3.7 g fibre;excellent source of thiamin and folate;good source of niacin and iron.

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