Kid Friendly Pasta Salad

We are always looking for Kid Friendly dishes that will please the sometimes picky eaters that visit our table from time to time. Kid Friendly Pasta Salad has been a real winner for the little ones and I have even stepped it up a notch and added an adult version.  I sure hope that your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do.

Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
For The Kids Table

Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
12 ounces of dry Pasta
8 slices thin bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grape tomatoes ( yellow & red) halved length view
1/2 pound cheddar cut into small cubes
3 green onions thinly sliced
Ground Black Pepper to taste
24 whole basil leaves, chiffinade
Cook the Pasta according to the packet instructions.  Then drain and rinse in cold water until cool.  Set aside
Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and throw into a large skillet.  Saute until slightly crisp, and then remove to a paper towel lined plate.
For The Dressing
Mix the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, salt,pepper and sugar using a small bowl.  Stir together the pasta, dressing tomatoes, bacon, cheddar and green onions in a large mixing bowl.  Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed
Stir in the basil at the end
Recipe Suggestion
For the Adult Table I added, 1 cup of sliced black olives, and 1 cup of Green Bell Pepper chopped.
The Salad was delicious and we will be having on both tables again in the future.
Print Recipe
Adapted From The Pioneer Woman

For The Adult Table

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Miz Helen
Miz Helen

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  1. What a delicious & colorful salad, great for both kids & adults :)

  2. I love a good pasta salad and this sounds great!

  3. Miz Helen that looks so good. I'll have to make it for the next family get together.

  4. Your pasta looks so colorful and inviting and I can see why kids and adults would enjoy it.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Miz Helen,
    Love your colorful pasta salad.. Pasta is always a favorite with kids ( of all ages)..
    Great SRC choice

  6. Yum - so colorful and chock full of goodness. What a delicious looking pasta salad.

  7. What a great pasta salad! Love the fresh tomatoes and basil... they go so well with bacon!

  8. Yum--you can never have too many versions of pasta salad.

  9. It sounds delicious - not just for kids!

  10. Both of those pasta dishes look excellent.

    My youngest would eat both, but my eldest wouldn't touch either - he'd eat plain pasta with butter, and Kraft Dinner. That's it.

    It breaks my heart.

  11. This looks delicious! I need to make a side dish for a party at my mom's this weekend and all my little cousins will be there. This is something they all would eat-thanks for sharing!

  12. Kid friendly? How about adult friendly too! This pasta salad looks delicious and I cant wait to try it. Pinned it. :)

  13. I agree with the rest, you should change it to both kid and adult friendly salad. Would definitely have some myself and I am no kid!

  14. This pasta sounds great!! I'm always on the hunt for new kid friendly meals!!
    I would love to invite you to share this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

    Hope you are having a great week so far!

  15. Wow- that looks tasty!

    I'd love it if you would link this (and a couple other recipes if you'd like) up to Wonderful Food Wednesday at: I hope you can stop by.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  16. That looks so good. The grand kids always want pasta when they visit. I'll have to give this recipe a try :) Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week Miz Helen. I hope you are having a wonderful week.

  17. This is a fabulous salad, Miz Helen, and I love that there are variations for both kids and adults! This is the perfect salad for so many occasions!

  18. Well there's bacon in it... my kids will eat it and they have always loved grape tomatoes. thanks for sharing this pasta salad on foodie friday.

  19. Delicious pasta salad, kids will be happy Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I am highlighting this recipe.

  20. Your pasta salad looks amazing! I know it would be a hit with my kids. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the hearth and Soul Hop.


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