Lemon and Dill Pasta Salad

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One thing I struggle with is making everyday food fun for kids, which is funny because I have so many posts about cute fondant characters, treats and more. Sure it’s easy when it’s a themed party, but what happens when you just want your kids to eat what you’re eating? My tip: make it look fun!

Spring and summer weather will be here soon which means lots of picnics, quick bites and chilled eats. One of my faves is pasta salad, which can be tricky for kids. For this Lemon and Dill Pasta Salad I switched up my noodles to whimsical Wacky Mac. Something fun for the little ones. The pasta has a very light sauce, but you still get all the flavor and can still see the colors and shapes. Mincing is key to hiding veggies that may not be so kid-friendly, and most importantly, use whole veggies you know kids like that are vibrant such as corn and peas (not the kind out of the can).

Overall, the fun shapes and pops of color make the perfect pairing to the already delish flavors of this dish. Enjoy (and I hope your kids do too)!

Recipe Note: I used Dash O’Dill which I love because it’s a merry of different herbs and spices including dill, garlic, onion, orange zest and lemon zest. If you can’t find Dash O’Dill at the store, use just under the 1/2 teaspoon suggested and add in the ingredients listed in the notes. A touch of cardamom works well to enhance the citrus flavors too.

Lemon and Dill Pasta Salad

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pkg Wacky Mac, cooked according to package
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp red onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dash O'Dill
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice together until combined.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon to evenly coat all the ingredients with the sauce.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.
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