Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Lunchbox


Pasta salad is a great take-along lunch with tons of opportunity to make it your own. Want to make it vegetarian? Pack olives in place of salami. Don't love peppers? Try tomatoes instead! Be sure that you pack at least one container big enough to hold everything together once it's mixed (about 1 1/2 cups).

Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Lunch Box
Photo: Diana Chistruga
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 cup cooked bow-tie pasta or other medium pasta shape, preferably whole-grain

  • ¼ cup chopped bell pepper or halved grape tomatoes

  • ¼ cup shredded carrot or chopped celery

  • 1 ounce salami, cut into bite-size pieces, or halved pitted Kalamata olives

  • 3 ciliegine (cherry-size) fresh mozzarella balls, quartered

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (optional)

  • 1 serving Easy Red-Wine Vinaigrette for One (see Associated Recipes)


  1. Pack pasta, bell pepper (or tomatoes), carrot (or celery), salami (or olives), mozzarella, basil (if using) and vinaigrette in a divided bento-style lunchbox or in separate containers with lids. Refrigerate or keep cold with an ice pack until ready to serve. To serve, combine the salad ingredients and toss with the vinaigrette.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Associated Recipes

Easy Red-Wine Vinaigrette for One

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

664 Calories
43g Fat
48g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 lunchbox
Calories 664
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Vitamin A 7105IU 142%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Potassium 371mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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