Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad: Picnic Favorite
As the warm sun graces the sky, it’s the perfect time to indulge in the symphony of flavors that is our Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad. Whether it’s a leisurely picnic with loved ones or a solo outdoor escapade, this recipe promises a burst of freshness in every bite.
- 2 cups fusilli pasta
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienne-cut
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the fusilli pasta according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water after cooking and let it cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and fresh basil.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, pesto sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until smooth and well-mixed.
- Pour the creamy dressing over the pasta mixture and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Creamy, vibrant, and packed with the goodness of summer, our Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad is a picnic essential that marries the rich flavors of pesto with the fresh crunch of vegetables and the comforting texture of pasta.
Nutrition information: Calories: 320, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 22g
Indulge in the harmonious blend of textures and flavors as you savor each spoonful of this delightful pasta salad. With the zesty notes of lemon, the earthiness of pesto, and the medley of veggies, it’s a dish that captures the essence of picnics and outdoor feasts. So, gather your checkered blanket, find a cozy spot under the sun, and relish this Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad that’s bound to become your new picnic favorite.