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Healthy and colourful vegan pasta salad for kids

This kids pasta salad is easy, healthy and colourful. Easily adaptable and great for lunchboxes, meals at home and picnics.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine British
Servings 4 people


For the pasta salad

  • 150 g small pasta shapes eg macaroni cooked and cooled
  • Handful of frozen peas cooked and cooled
  • Handful of sweetcorn tinned, fresh or frozen, cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1 small carrot peeled and chopped
  • Small handful of black or green olives chopped, optional
  • Small handful of fresh herbs eg basil chopped
  • 8 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/4 cucumber diced

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  • First cook 150g small pasta shapes according to the packet instructions. Drain and cool. You may wish to stir a little olive oil through the pasta to stop it sticking together.
  • Place in a mixing bowl with your choice of vegetables. I used a handful of peas, a handful of sweetcorn, 1/2 chopped red pepper, a chopped carrot, a few chopped olives, a handful of torn basil leaves, 1/4 cucumber diced and 8 quartered cherry tomatoes. Mix well.

To make the dressing

  • Mix 1 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp dried oregano. Pour over the pasta salad and mix well. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Keyword healthy pasta salad, kids pasta salad, vegan pasta salad
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