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Monday, June 17, 2024

Kid-Friendly Salmon Pasta Salad

 Summer break is here and kids are bored. Now is the perfect time for parents to teach kids the joys of cooking. Check out a kid-friendly recipe that is perfect for a summer meal. 

 The kids are on summer break and all they seem to do is eat all day. You are tired of being a short-order cook. Now is the perfect time to teach your children how to make their own meals. Help your kids learn how to cook and let them help out with family meals. 

 This Kid-Friendly Salmon & Pea Pasta Salad is an easy recipe for kids to make. All it requires is a few simple ingredients like pasta, vegetables, and a couple cans of salmon. It is a one-bowl recipe that kids can make. Younger kids may need help but older kids can make this recipe without mom or dad.

 I got my inspiration for this recipe from the Safe Catch website. Safe Catch makes the best Wild Pacific Pink Salmon as well as Elite Wild Tuna. This fish is sustainably caught and is lower in mercury when compared to other fish.

  Kid-Friendly Salmon Pasta Salad

~ Is Delicious

~ Nutritious

~ A No-Bake Recipe

~ Perfect For Summer

~ Can be Made Gluten-Free

~ Loaded with Omegas

Ingredients Needed For Kid-Friendly Salmon & Pea Pasta Salad

~ Pasta - Any shape of regular or gluten-free pasta will do. I used a gluten-free Buckwheat Mezzi Rigatoni from Felicia. This organic naturally gluten-free pasta is brimming with flavor and loaded with fiber, magnesium, and manganese.

~ Salmon - I used boneless canned salmon from Safe Catch.

~ Mayo - Any mayo will work in this recipe

~ Cherry Tomatoes

Teaching Kids How To Make The Salmon Pasta Salad

 The first step to teaching kids how to cook is by having them help you in the kitchen. Teach them how to measure ingredients and mix things together. For older kids, show them how to safely use a knife to cut up ingredients, heat up food in a microwave, and cook pasta on the stove. 

 I like to make a big batch of pasta and keep it in the fridge, Then kids can heat it up in the microwave with their favorite topping. Pasta will keep fresh in the fridge for up to a week.

 If you don't want your child using the stove, premake the pasta for this recipe and store it in the fridge.  

Kid-Friendly Salmon Pasta Salad

Makes 4 servings


3 Cups Cooked Pasta, 

2 Cans Safe Catch Wild Pacific Pink Salmon

1/2 Cup Mayo 

1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Fresh Dill ~ optional for garnish

Tools Needed

Large Mixing Dish

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Pairing Knife


1. Open the cans of salmon and pour them into a large mixing dish, no need to drain the liquid.

2. Add the cooked cold pasta to the salmon and toss.

3. Add the mayo salt and pepper to taste to your pasta mixture and combine evenly.

4. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and stir into the pasta. If top with fresh dill.

5. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 three days.

Optional Add-In Ingredients

~ 1 Cup of Vegetables like peas, corn or broccoli

~ Top with Sunflower Seeds for a nice crunch

Check out some other kid-friendly recipes that are made with tuna and salmon

Hummus and Tuna Celery Bugs

Silly Tuna Faces

Tuna Pizza Bites

Tuna Mac n Cheese Bites

Tuna Taco Bites


AiringMyLaundry said...

I wish I liked salmon. This looks so good! My kids do, so they'd love the salad.

Kathy said...

Sounds like a pretty good salad. I'm not the biggest fan of salmon myself, but I'd still give this a try. I do really love a good salad.

Lavanda Michelle said...

My kids are on summer break and constantly looking for something to do, so this is perfect. I love that it’s easy enough for them to help out with, and it’s a healthy meal we can all enjoy. Can’t wait to try it out with the kids!

Ckrusch said...

It sounds like a great summer salad! Perfect for warm days! Thank you so much for sharing it! I can't wait to make it!

LisaLisa said...

I like salmon but the kids don't so I might be making this for me instead. Looks delicious!

Laura JL Books said...

I love salmon so does my boys, this would be prefect on a warm day. And I will be sharing this recipe with my boys, so that we can make it together.

Marysa said...

Nice idea for a dish for the whole family. Fish is a great source of omega-3s. Looks very tasty, and easy to make as well.

Christy G said...

I like making salmon on occasion. I’ll have to give this salad a try. I like simple dishes for summer too.

Lady In Read said...

while we dont eat salmon, i like the look of that pasta and will try it as a veg option

Unknown said...

I love salmon but I haven't tried having a salmon salad. I must try your recipe. Looks good! -LYNNDEE

Hannah Bures said...

My son loves salmon! Every time we go out to eat he’s asking for the salmon so I’m sure this will be a huge hit with him!

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