Pasta Salad Recipe

  • 12 months +
  • 5 or 6 servings
  • vegetarian
  • gluten free

Pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser and an easy dish for many occasions. Set aside a portion for your toddler if you need to add more seasoning for others. Use seasonal vegetables when possible for a colorful and tasty dish.

Use gluten-free pasta for children under 12 months and if serving persons with gluten intolerance.

You will need 


  • 9 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame or olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups whole-grain pasta (shells, elbow macaroni, penne, or bow tie)


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into rounds
  • 1 cup yellow squash, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup onion, peeled and cut into
  • ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli, cut into
  • 1-inch florets


  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, basil, or parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup sesame, olive, or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon plum vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice



  1. Bring water to a boil in large pot.
  2. Add oil and sea salt and stir to combine.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions until tender.
  4. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  5. To make the vegetables, bring water to a boil in large pot; add salt.
  6. Add vegetables, cover with a lid, and cook until tender, 10 to 20 minutes (photo a).
  7. Use a heat diffuser to keep vegetables from sticking to the bottom of the pot, and to prevent burning.
  8. Drain vegetables, while keeping leftover water for soup or other dish. Let cool (photo b).

veggies in potveggies in colander


  1. Mix together dressing ingredients.
  2. Add more seasoning for older family members, if desired (photo c).

sauce for pasta

Assemble salad

  1. When vegetables are cool, combine with the pasta in a large bowl.
  2. Toss with dressing (photo d).
pasta salad
  • Add or substitute other vegetables, such as cooked cauliflower, green beans, sugar snap peas, or zucchini, or raw avocados or cucumbers.
  • Add soaked wakame sea vegetable flakes.
  • Substitute cooked brown rice or quinoa for pasta.
  • Add a protein-rich food, such as cooked beans or pieces of fish, either cooked or canned.
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