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21 Pool-Party Pastas the Kids Will Love!

May 23 2014 - 4:32am

Pasta salad is a staple at summertime pool parties, picnics, and BBQs. But after your first few batches, you start to get a little bored by the dish, and so do your kids! Kick it up a notch with these tasty (and healthy!) recipes that highlight the season's best ingredients. From "cool" mac and cheeses to colorful pasta salads, these pastas will have your kids asking for seconds without a sweat!

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Got leftover grilled vegetables? Turn them into this tasty pasta dish [1] from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod [2]

Macaroni Salad With Chickpeas

Macaroni with a kick of protein: what could be better? Unlike most macaroni salads, My Whole Food Life's healthy dish [3] is a great option for meatless Mondays!

Source: My Whole Food Life [4]

Confetti Pasta Salad

Loaded with seasonal veggies like cherry tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, Peas and Crayons' confetti pasta salad [5] will become a pool-party staple.

Source: Peas and Crayons [6]

Whole-Wheat Pasta Salad With Feta and Peas

Clever Carrot's kid-friendly pasta salad [7] actually tastes better the longer it sits. The whole-wheat pasta is a filling option, and the pea shoots give it a nutritious crunch.

Source: The Clever Carrot [8]

Chicken Pasta Salad

Two summertime classics — pasta salad and chicken salad — come together to create one tasty dish [9].

Source: Circle of Moms [10] user Robin Bunker

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Packed with protein and veggies, Two Peas and Their Pod's fiesta-inspired salad [11] is great as a side dish or main course. To avoid a soggy salad, serve the dressing on the side.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod [12]

Pesto Pasta Salad

If you want to sneak some extra veggies into your tot's pesto pasta salad [13], substitute half of the basil with spinach.

Source: POPSUGAR Food [14]

Orzo Salad

Orzo makes a great, light alternative [15] to traditional pastas.

Source: Circle of Moms [16] user Nicole Diffenbaugh

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Mel's Kitchen Cafe kicks up traditional macaroni salad [17] with kielbasa, peppers, and BBQ sauce.

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe [18]

Avocado, Shrimp, and Pasta Salad

A great lunchbox or picnic dish, Good Cooks' avocado pasta salad [19] is easy to make and bursting with flavor. Try making different variations by substituting chicken for shrimp or using seasonal vegetables throughout the year.

Source: Good Cooks [20]

Tricolor Pasta

Kids will be able to taste the rainbow in Mel's Kitchen Cafe's vibrant pasta salad [21].

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe [22]

5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

Everything you need to make Gimme Some Oven's simple salad [23] is probably already in your pantry and fridge.

Source: Gimme Some Oven [24]

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Thanks to its tangy taste, Sunny Side Up's pasta salad [25] is sure to be a dish everyone will enjoy. Try adding your own twist using fun-shaped pasta.

Source: Sunny Side Up [26]

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Kids with or without a gluten intolerance will devour Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh's gluten-free creation [27].

Source: Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh [28]

Crab Pasta Salad

Take advantage of the season's fresh seafood, and whip up this crab-filled salad [29].

Source: Circle of Moms [30] user Sarah Schroer

Sunbutter Noodles

Shh, don't tell the kids that these noodles are actually strips of zucchini. Oatmeal With a Fork's sunbutter noodles [31] fill the kids with nutrients without them knowing!

Source: Oatmeal With a Fork [32]

Pasta With White Beans and Tomatoes

The Clever Carrot's simple pasta recipe [33] has seasonal favorites like arugula and white beans for creaminess.

Source: Good Life Eats [34]

Home-Style Macaroni Salad

Peas and Crayons' home-style macaroni salad [35] is Summer's version of your little one's favorite dish. It directly translates to creamy, cheesy goodness with a (healthy) catch.

Source: Peas and Crayons [36]

Crazy Delicious Pasta Salad

With ingredients like fresh vegetables and Summer sausage, we can understand why Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh dubbed this a crazy delicious salad [37].

Source: Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh [38]

Pasta Salad Skewers

Thanks to Cooking With My Kid, your child can enjoy pasta salad on the go [39]!

Source: Cooking With My Kid [40]

Fruity Pasta Salad

Who said pasta salad can't be a dessert? Western Gardens' sweet salad [41] highlights Summer's best produce — fruit!

Source: Western Gardens [42]


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