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Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

This recipe was inspired by one I found in this month’s Cooking Light magazine. This pesto pasta salad paired perfectly with the Herb-Shallot Roasted Chicken Thighs that I served it with. I used store bought pesto because I had it on hand, added some baby heirloom tomatoes, bits of mozzarella, some small nicoise olives, along with some toasted pine nuts and fresh basil. Seriously simple to throw together and a huge hit with all of us with such a great combination of flavors and textures. My kids and husband all took the leftover pasta salad for lunch today and said it was even tastier. I have a feeling that this pesto pasta salad will be a regular on our table this summer.

Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

How to Make a Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

Cook the farfalle in well-salted boiling water per instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; drain as much water as possible. Place into a large bowl and toss the pasta with the pesto until evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator and let flavors mingle for 15 minutes.

Add the heirloom baby tomatoes, bits of mozzarella, Nicoise olives, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil to the pasta. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss gently to combine. Taste and add more pesto if needed. Serve. Enjoy.

Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

 

Pesto Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Olives

 

Yield: 6  

Total Time: 30 minutes +/-

Ingredients:

8 oz farfalle pasta, cooked in salted water, per instructions
1/4 cup pesto, more if needed
Baby heirloom tomatoes, sliced
Mozzarella, cut into bite sized pieces
Nicoise olives, to taste
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1-2 tbsp Fresh basil, chiffonade, to
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cook the farfalle in well-salted boiling water per instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; drain as much water as possible. Place into a large bowl and toss the pasta with the pesto until evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator and let flavors mingle for 15 minutes.

Add the heirloom baby tomatoes, bits of mozzarella, nicoise olives, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil to the pasta. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss gently to combine. Taste and add more pesto if needed. Serve. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Inspired by Cooking Light

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11 Comments

  1. Now this is the perfect recipe to celebrate National Salad Month Pam! The crowning glory for a May day! (and good for leftovers too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Pam…

  2. It sounds lovely, I’ll will surely make them!

  3. I would love to have this pasta salad every day! What a great salad for summer.

  4. It looks even better today. I can see the whole meal as delicious.

  5. Love a good pasta salad! And we’ll soon be in tomato season, and there’s nothing better than heirloom tomatoes. This looks like a wonderful dish — thanks so much.

  6. Love all those colours and flavours. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I bet this went really well with the chicken you posted yesterday. The salad has all my favorite things in it.