Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers.  They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is usually lunch.  This cold chicken pasta salad recipe was tucked into their lunch boxes this week in an effort to send something other than sandwiches with them every day.  Last year, they got VERY sick of sandwiches!  Its hard to come up with healthy lunch box ideas, though.  Especially lunches that don’t require heating up.  They really enjoyed this pasta salad recipe and I like that there are a ton of different vegetables mixed in to make it a bit healthier.

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

The great thing about this cold chicken pasta salad recipe is that it is incredibly versatile, depending on what you have on  hand.  You could choose to throw in cherry tomatoes and fresh broccoli or whatever other veggies your kids really like to eat raw.  I used a relatively small amount of mayonnaise when mixing this up because my family really prefers a rather dry pasta salad recipe.  If you like yours particularly creamy, add more mayo or you could even add an equal amount of plain yogurt to cut the fat a bit.

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe with Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

This cold chicken pasta salad recipe will feed a ton of people or a few people every day for a week.  Honestly, it is a HUGE amount of pasta salad!  It is easily enough for all 4 of us to eat for 3 days straight and probably still have a few leftovers.  If you are looking for healthy lunch box ideas, make up a batch of this on the weekend and toss it into serving sized containers.  Then, just throw into the lunchbox with some fruit and dessert and you are on your way!

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

Yields 12 to 16 servings

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

Need healthy lunch box ideas? This cold chicken pasta salad recipe with a rainbow of veggies will be a big hit. It is a super easy pasta salad recipe!

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 box (12 to 16 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions.
  • 2 cans chicken breast (or 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 3 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 1/4 minced onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. mix all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until completely combined.
  2. Store in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
Recipe Type: Entree
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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

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