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Orzo Pasta Salad : What's In My Kid's Lunch Box

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Monday, September 24, 2012 | 6:01 AM

If your kid is in elementary school, it is a challenge to pack the lunch box. It always comes home unfinished especially if it is not cool enough. When questioned as to why the lunch box is untouched? I always get answers "no time to eat" or " I wanted to play". This becomes a big issue when they get off school. With a hungry stomach and low on sugar, we have to deal with tantrums or a very emotional child. To fix this problem and to encourage my daughter to eat her lunch, I engage her in preparing her lunch, by allowing her to make the choice regarding her lunch, and making it very interesting for her. Last week, she suggested that I make orzo salad for her lunch. It passed the "cool" test and has become one of my favorite pasta salad. Here is how I made it:


Big bowl
Measuring cups and Spoons
Cutting Board


Orzo Pasta - 1 1/2 cups
Water - as recommended to cook the pasta
Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil - 1/2 cup
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 1/2 cups cut into halves
Black Pepper - as per taste
Garlic Powder - 1 tbsp
Pine Nuts - one fist full
Fresh Basil - a few leaves thinly sliced


1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions in the cover. Wash the pasta in cold water and drain. 

2. Add the pasta to a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a toss. 

3. Check to see if the salt and peper taste is fine. Add the pine nuts and basil. Toss and serve.


  1. Delicious Salad.. Looks colorful and very inviting..

  2. Wow.. I would love that in my lunchbox too... so colorful...

  3. yum yum colourful and tempting salad.

  4. love this colorful pasta.. your kid must be finishing up the lunch box

  5. That looks beautiful..gr8 recipe..

  6. Delicious n healthy Salad, looks very colorful n inviting!

  7. This looks colorful and delicious Srimathi. Love this salad.

  8. Colorful and healthy salad!


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