Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad


My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.


Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


6 to 8 servings


8 ounces penne pasta
1 (11-ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
11/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced yellow pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing (we used Paul Newmans)
Chopped fresh basil, shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and chill.

2. Toss pasta with corn and next 5 ingredients. Chill at least 1 hour. Top with fresh basil and Parmesan, if desired.

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