Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Lunchbox



Today, I’m excited to share with you a delicious and customizable pasta salad recipe perfect for make-ahead lunches. This Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Lunchbox is not only packed with flavor, but it also allows you to swap in different vegetables and proteins based on what you have on hand. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat-lover, this recipe can easily be tailored to suit your preferences. So let’s dive in and create a tasty and convenient lunch option that will have you looking forward to your midday meal!


Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Lunchbox

This customizable pasta salad is a great take-along lunch option that can be adapted to your taste. Swap in your favorite vegetables and proteins to create a unique and delicious combination.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 1


  • – 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 of Easy Red-Wine Vinaigrette for One see Associated Recipes


  • 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.


Additional Notes: Make sure to pack at least one container big enough to hold everything together once mixed (about 1 1/2 cups).

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