Ladybug Pasta School Lunch

What all do you use olives for?

Black olives are not just for pizza; they go with everything! Their sweet flavor is one my daughter loves, and the health benefits are a big bonus.

We typically go through a can or two per week. Seriously. Olives are a staple in my house—I am from Spain after all—and we do eat a fairly typical Mediterranean diet.

My daughter eats them right out of the can while I am trying to slice them to top our pizzas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, dips, salads—yes, we are an olive-obsessed family.

Since this is a school lunch site, why not show you one of my daughter favorite ways to bring them to school? We’ve had this lady bug pasta salad in our MOMables menus for over a year, and it remains a favorite.

MOMables Lady Bug Salad
Makes 1 or 2 lunch servings, depending on portion size.
Cuisine: Lunch
Pasta salad:
  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • ⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup California ripe olives
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Olive swords:
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cubes
  • California ripe olives
Pasta salad:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve.
Olive swords:
  1. Alternate skewering the tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives onto rounded-edge food picks.

Our friends at California Ripe Olives know we are serious about lunch packing, so they’ve offered to give away a California Ripe Olive bento set!

CONTEST IS CLOSED. Our winner: Erin -myhappilyeverafter. Congrats!

Thank you Little Daisies for the inspiration. 

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About MOMables

Laura Fuentes is the founder of MOMables and a mom to 3 kids. She's the Author of 3 cookbooks, has competed (and won!) on Food Network, is a TODAY Food contributor, has a column on the Huffington Post and creates recipes for numerous print magazines. She also produces recipe videos for the MOMables YouTube Channel.