Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

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This pesto pasta salad is sooooo good, it’s using bow ties which to me are so cute in a dish! Using a pesto truly gives the pasta flavor and the recipe isn’t hard!

This pesto was made with arugula leaves which you can again substitute with any type of green, spinach, basil, Italian parsley, etc., you’ve got to experiment with them! In fact, check out this post for making a quick pesto sauce.

If you want to make this a lil more filling, add some cooked chicken. I’ve bought a full rotisserie chicken from the grocer, chopped into bite size pieces and mixed it in the salad. My hubby is not big on salads but when I add chicken, he really likes it.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Course: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet

Ingredients

  • For the Pesto Sauce
  • 2 c. arugula or basil (you can also use spinach if you want or parsley)

  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds or pine nuts (toasted preferably); keep a few nuts for adding in later

  • 1/3 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (a good one)

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest

  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional) – about 1/4 cup or more if you like

  • For the Pasta
  • 1 box of bow tie pasta

  • water

  • Kosher salt

  • Tomatoes (your favorite); chopped in quarters

Directions

  • For the Pesto Sauce
  • Place all the pesto ingredients together in a blender.
  • Mix well.
  • Sprinkle more parmesan over pesto if you like.
  • Cooking the Pasta
  • In a large pot, boil the water for the pasta and salt it generously until it boils rapidly. Then add pasta and cook to just al dente. Drain.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and toss the salad mixture.
  • Finally top it with the pesto sauce and serve over a bed of your favorite lettuce.

If you want to add chicken, then just mix that in at the end and toss the salad. A nice crusty bread would make a great accompaniment to this awesome salad!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.