Power Pasta Salad. A must make for summer! Loaded with fresh greens, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, shredded red cabbage, pasta and more! My kids love this pasta salad!
It’s funny. As we end another school year I’m already thinking about the next one.
My youngest will be starting kindergarten and my girls will be at the same school. Finally! I am so excited for them, I can hardly contain myself. I remember when my oldest, Phoebe, was starting her new school here in Wisconsin.
I visited her for lunch one day. It was the first day she was buying her lunch and I wanted to see what the set-up was like in the cafeteria, what it would be like and, of course, what food they would be serving and if they had a salad bar. Because, as a mother, it’s important to me.
Because I pretty much decide what they eat for breakfast and dinner, I let my oldest buy her lunch at school. It’s important for me to teach my girls how to make good choices when it comes to food and I want to give Phoebe the opportunity to actually make choices for herself at lunch time; but I had to make sure that there were healthy options there.
And a salad bar.
Not all schools have fresh, healthy choices and I hope that changes in the very near future. Today, I am teaming up with Produce for Kids to encourage shoppers to add more fruits and veggies to their shopping carts to help benefit Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.
From May 31 – July 12, the below products at Copps, Metro Market & Pick ‘n Save stores will benefit the United Fresh Start Foundation’s partnership in the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign; supporting salad bars for Midwest schools!!
The United Fresh Start Foundation is focused exclusively on increasing children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables and inspiring the next generation to “choose fresh” whenever, and wherever, eating their next snack or meal. Working with the produce industry, local non-profits and allied businesses, the United Fresh Start Foundation is committed to helping today’s youth to achieve the public health goal of making half their plate fruits and vegetables in order to live longer and healthier lives. For a short video about the benefits of school salad bars and how you can get involved, click here.
And remember, in order to ensure your kids actually make the right healthy choices at school during lunch time, they have to be eating healthy foods at home too. Whether you are giving your children raw veggies with ranch dressing, or roasting vegetables or whatever, give them fresh fruits and vegetables. At every meal.
It’s summer and we can’t do summer without pasta salad. It’s quick and easy and makes for a great lunch, dinner or side dish at your next cookout or potluck!
I started with some fresh greens from Organic Girl for this Power Pasta Salad. I love Organic Girl because they have such a great variety of greens. They have everything from baby kale, to baby spinach to this super greens blend!
And then, I simply mix in fresh produce like cherry tomatoes, carrots, shredded red cabbage and oranges. I’m a big believer that kids (and adults) eat with their eyes so make it colorful, fresh and pretty! This Power Pasta Salad is definitely all of the above.
- ½ lb. rotini pasta
- 2 cups blend of Organic Girl super greens and baby spring mix
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ⅓ cup shredded red cabbage
- ½ cup chopped oranges
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, or your fave salad dressing
- Cook your pasta according to package directions (I like to cook to al dente). Drain, rinse and set aside to cool.
- Using a large mixing bowl, combine the salad greens, carrots, red cabbage, oranges, cherry tomatoes and cooked rotini pasta. Sprinkle on the sliced almonds and drizzle with salad dressing. Lightly toss together one more time and serve immediately.
- If serving this at a picnic or cookout, add the almonds and dressing right before serving.
And remember, if you’re here in the Midwest, the next time you are out shopping, be sure to stop into your local Copps, Metro Market or Pick ‘n Save stores and buy any of the brands you see above.
You’ll be helping children to get better, healthier choices at lunchtime in their schools. My daughters and I thank you!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Produce For Kids. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in partnering with the organizations and campaigns that I believe in.