Our Pesto Pasta Salad combines pasta, pesto, tomatoes, bocconcini and Parmesan for a bowl full of fresh summertime flavors! This delicious summer side dish is a 5 ingredient recipe!
Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
Summer is here and when our Pesto Florentine combines with pasta, a summer pesto pasta salad is on the menu!
Bursting with summertime flavors, this side dish is not only delicious it's gorgeous too!
Multi-colored heirloom tomatoes combine with creamy mozzarella and the bright colors of a fresh pesto.
The perfect compliment to your outdoor dinner, our Italian pesto pasta salad can be a side dish, lunch, main dish topped with grilled shrimp or chicken or even your Meatless Monday dinner!
A versatile and oh-so-delicious recipe that definitely needs to be added into your recipe rotation!
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Make it with Pesto Florentine
- Make it with Kale Pesto
- No time to make a homemade pesto? A store bought pesto will taste absolutely delicious too!
- Like it spicy? Take it a step further and omit the pesto and spice it up with Chimichurri Sauce for an Argentinian twist!
- top with cooked chicken for a main dish pasta salad
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- campanelle pasta
- assorted small tomatoes
- shredded Parmesan
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Make Pesto Pasta Salad and toss pasta with pesto, tomatoes, bocconcini and Parmesan, just 5 ingredients, for a bowl full of fresh summertime flavors!
- 8 oz. campanelle pasta, cooked and drained
- 8 oz. assorted small tomatoes, cut in wedges, 1 1/2 cups, such as grape, cherry and/or heirloom tomatoes
- 4 oz. bocconcini, halved, 1 cup
- 1/2 cup Pesto Florentine , Kale Pesto* OR store bought prepared pesto
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
In serving bowl combine pasta, tomatoes, bocconcini, pesto and Parmesan. Toss until evenly coated.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Toss before serving.
Makes 8 cups.