Main Dish | September 17, 2020

Pesto Pasta Salad

A delicious twist from your regular traditional pasta salad. Pesto Pasta Salad is full of fresh veggies, bold flavors and with a light and healthy dressing. You can dress this up or down all.year.long.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR PESTO PASTA SALAD?

  • Pasta
  • pesto
  • fresh veggies
  • salami

WHAT KIND OF PESTO DO I USE?

Homemade is great if you have the ability to make it! Otherwise you can pick up your favorite pesto from the store. Costco and Mezzetta both make a fresh delicious pesto.

WHAT KIND OF PASTA DO I USE?

You are not restricted to only using elbow pasta! If you love bow tie or some other small noodle best use that! You do not want to use spaghetti or linguini. A long noodle will not work for this salad.

STEP 1 COOK YOUR PASTA ACCORDING TO PACKAGE DIRECTIONS

In a large pot bring your water to a boil and cook your pasta for as long as the package recommends.

Remove from the water by straining. Set it aside.

PROTIP: Dont let the noodles cool completely. Leave them slightly warm, it’ll help the pesto to distribute through the noodles.

STEP 2: CUT YOUR VEGGIES AND MEAT!

You will want your veggies and meat to be bite size pieces. Cut them in desired shapes.

DO I HAVE TO USE THESE EXACT VEGGIES?

No, If you are not a fan of one of these veggies feel free to omit or sub it for a veggie that is in season!

TOSS YOUR PESTO PASTA SALAD TOGETHER

  • Take your noodles and place then in a large bowl.
  • Add your noodles and toss with the pesto

ADD YOUR VEGGIES AND TOSS AGAIN!

HOW DO I SERVE THIS PASTA SALAD?

Serve the pasta salad immediately. If you have an hour to two before serving you can cover and chill in the fridge.

CAN I MAKE THIS PESTO PASTA SALAD AHEAD?

Yes! You can make this pasta salad ahead of time. If making a day or two ahead I recommend waiting to toss everything together until you are serving. If you want to toss everything together reserve the cheese for later. Keep all ingredients in the fridge in an air tight container.

HOW DO I MAKE A GLUTEN-FREE PESTO PASTA SALAD?

There are several gluten-free pasta’s that would work well with this pasta salad! I recommend one made with rice or corn or a combination as the chickpea noodles tend to fall apart easily after boiled. To help keep the noodles from falling apart since with cool water and cook according to the directions.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Fresh, tasty, and light. The perfect meal for a busy summer night. 

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 357 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
  • 12 oz elbow noodles cook according to directions
  • 1 1/2 C Pesto
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 15 Slices of Salami
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 C Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Basil
  • Lemon if desired
  • 1/2 cucumber optional
Instructions
  1. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  2. Rinse and allow to cool.
  3. Dice tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and salami.

  4. Toss all ingredients together in a larger bowl.
  5. Juice lemon on top and toss if desired.
  6. Garnish with more parmesan and basil.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 1177mg51%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 553IU11%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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