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Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto & Vegetable Pasta Salad

 Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

A light vegetarian dinner or a healthy side salad.  It is a lovely fresh dish, quick to make and a great way to use up your seasonal garden produce.   Family friendly picnic food, it is a great addition to school lunch boxes as well as the dinner table.

My garden is still producing zucchinis and tomatoes and I have a huge crop of basil. I made this for dinner on Saturday night to take advantage of my home grown produce.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
  • Basil Pesto
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup almonds or pine nuts
  • 1 small garlic clove - peeled
  • 4 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • handful of fresh rocket leaves (optional)
  • Pasta Salad
  • 250 grams of spiral pasta
  • 350 grams garden tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, quartered and season with salt & pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini peeled and grilled on griddle pan then thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts lightly browned
  • ½ red capsicum thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • shaved parmesan to serve
  1. Add all of the pesto ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combine
  2. Put a pot of water on to boil
  3. Add the pasta when the water is boiling and cook according to packet instructions
  4. Remove from heat and drain when cooked
  5. Stir through the basil pesto while the pasta is warm
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine
  7. Season and top with fresh parmesan
  8. Serve cold
This dish may also be served warm
Add tuna or sliced grilled chicken to the salad for a more filling and non vegan meal


This post is linked to Veggie Mama’s Meatless Monday.




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{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Mez April 2, 2012, 9:09 am

    Hi Kyrstie,
    lovely to meet a fellow Geelong-ite at the conference!
    Your blog is gorgeous – this looks delish!

  • Veggie Mama April 2, 2012, 10:22 am

    Oh man, you had me at basil pesto. Thanks for linking up!

  • Christie @ Fig & Cherry April 2, 2012, 10:31 am

    Ooh, I just love it when the garden decides what’s for dinner. This sounds delish!

  • Michelle April 7, 2012, 7:33 am

    Oh my this looks awesome, my kind of dinner!

  • Jane Seymour April 15, 2015, 9:32 am

    fantastic blog…looking forward to try the healthy granola recipe and the information on food activation is new to me and very interesting

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