Tomorrow is the first day of Summer! Doesn’t that seem kinda late? Personally I feel like summer has been going on for the last month. However, living in California it can feel like summer in the middle of January! (Love those days) With kids home from school and the days spent at the pool, I’m frequently rushing at 5pm to throw together dinner. This pasta salad happened a few weeks ago and every one loved it. It literally took me about 15 minutes and it was fresh, tasty and light. The perfect dinner for a busy hot summer day.
The key to this dinner, being that it is so simple and only a few ingredients, is the quality of the ingredients. Starting with the meat. Now you can obviously leave the meat out for a vegetarian version, but I love the salty flavor the salami adds. If you have pepperoni on hand that would work too, but salami has a richer flavor and less spice. This brand was from Trader Joes, so it’s free of nitrates and all that jazz.
Next is the pesto, I like to make mine homemade but the store bought can be just as awesome. Costco sells a good one. When I made my own for this recipe, I added extra lemon juice- amp up that flavor! Vine-ripe tomatoes are so tasty; chop up a few and toss them in your pasta salad. I only added tomatoes- it was a fast, get the food on the table before everyone dies of starvation kind of night. But add other veggies to your desire! Olives, red onion and chopped spinach might be yummy.
Top off the salad with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and a little fresh basil. Oh tastes amazing. And it literally takes about 15 mins! Prepare your veggies while noodles are boiling and toss all together. Feel free to make this salad your own and add in what you have on hand! Pesto and pasta go with just about anything!
- 1 Box of Macaroni Noodles
- 1 1/2 C Pesto
- 3 Small Tomatoes
- 10 Slices of Salami
- 1/2 C Freshly Grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper
- Lemon (if desired)
- Boil noodles according to package directions.
- Rinse and allow to cool.
- Dice tomatoes and salami.
- Toss all ingredients together in a larger bowl.
- Juice lemon on top and toss if desired.
- Garnish with more parmesan and basil.