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Easy Pizza Pasta Salad

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Easy Pizza Pasta Salad in lunch box

Ready for an easy make-ahead pasta salad that’s perfect for lunchboxes? This Easy Pizza Pasta Salad is loaded with all of your favorite pizza toppings and is great for lunch boxes or as a side dish! Full of fresh veggies like tomatoes, peppers and onions! What is great is you can add in any of your favorite toppings to help customize to your family’s liking. Best part, this Summer salad recipe can be ready in about 20 minutes!

How To Make An Easy Pizza Pasta Salad

The kids can even get involved in prepping this easy pizza pasta salad by chopping the vegetables and mixing the ingredients. The leftovers pack well in lunchboxes (for the kids and parents) and can be paired with veggies and dip, fruit, or other lunchbox faves for a filling and nutritious meal. We love dipping the leftover pepper slices from this pizza pasta salad in guacamole or homemade hummus.

If you are looking for a fruit dip, my kids love this cream cheese fruit dip and this chocolate yogurt fruit dip. All of your favorite fruits taste even better when dipped, but we especially like dipping grapes, pineapple chunks, strawberries and mandarins. Plus, those all pack well in lunchboxes.

Just want to eat it as a meal? Go for it! Or make to take to all of your Summer gatherings as the perfect side dish that is sure to please.

What is super fun about this recipe is that you really could add whatever other favorite vegetables your family enjoys. You can even spruce it up with some fresh basil or other herbs from the garden, too!

easy Pizza Pasta Salad in wooden bowl

Nutrition Tip: Sweet peppers are a good source of vitamin C, which will help your child soak up the iron in this pasta salad and strengthens the immune system.

Tasty Pizza Pasta Salad

How to make this pizza pasta salad?

Step 1: Prepare the pasta

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and let cool.

Step 2: Mix ingredients together

Next just mix the cooled pasta, cheese, peppers, olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, onion and dressing in large bowl.

Step 3: Assemble lunchbox

If packing in a lunchbox fill with pasta salad, carrots, celery, Ranch and crispy fruit to make a complete meal!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will this pasta salad last in refrigerator?

Most pasta salads will last in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 3-4 days. Making this pizza pasta salad a great meal-prep idea too!

What other toppings could I add?

You can customize this cold pasta salad with green peppers, banana peppers, basil, salami, turkey pepperoni, or whatever else your family enjoys!

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Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

All your favorite pizza toppings, but in a fun make-ahead pasta salad that’s perfect for lunchboxes and as a side dish!

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Pizza Pasta Salad

  • 1 (16 oz.) box rotini pasta
  • 4 ounces Monterrey jack cheese, cubed
  • 3 mini sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced olived, drained
  • 3/4 cup Nature Fresh Farms Tomberry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Litehouse® Italian dressing

Lunchbox Sides (per serving)

  • 1/4 cup baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 2-inch sections
  • 1 (1.5 oz.) Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dip cup
  • 1 Crispy Green® crispy fruit

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and let cool.
  2. Mix pasta, cheese, peppers, olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, onion and dressing in large bowl.
  3. Assemble lunchbox with pasta salad, carrots, celery, Ranch and crispy fruit.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 9gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 6gSugar: 18gProtein: 12g

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Amanda Keefer

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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