Pesto Pasta Salad

This Pesto Pasta Salad is a tangy twist on a macaroni salad and is my new favorite summer salad recipe. Sundried tomatoes, smart veggie pasta, spinach, feta cheese, red pepper, and olives tossed in a homemade honey pesto vinaigrette. This cold pasta salad recipe also makes a delicious and nutritious addition to a school lunch.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

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It’s that time again, back to school. How can that be when it’s still summer? I’m not ready to give up the barbecue yet, so I’m determined to have the best of both worlds. Here’s how you can kill two birds with one stone with this recipe for Pesto Pasta Salad.

Pesto Pasta Salad

I love a zesty salad, and that is just what this salad is pesto vinaigrette recipe. The tangy vinaigrette satisfies my taste buds and I feel that this pasta salad can be enjoyed year round but the zest (to me) screams summer.

Pesto Pasta Salad

You know what’s the best part of this recipe for Pesto Pasta Salad (aside from tasting freaking awesome)? It’s full of vegetables and I’m not just talking about the spinach, olives, sundried tomatoes and red peppers that you see. I’m talking about the hidden veggies.

Pesto Pasta Salad

For this recipe for cold pasta salad, I used Catelli Smart Veggie Macaroni. The pasta is made with carrots and cauliflower and provides you and your family half a serving of vegetables with each 85g serving of pasta.

So maybe this recipe kills three birds with one stone: dinner, school lunch, and providing vegetables. 

Pesto Pasta Salad
You guys, this pasta is saving me some precious sanity. My son’s situation with vegetables right now is not good. Like most young children, he refuses to eat them. His vegetable intake comes in the form of ketchup (this is me being sarcastic, I’m aware ketchup is not a vegetable).

What works for our family is when we served our picky eater this salad, we took out all the vegetables. He was iffy with the green of the pesto vinaigrette but he dug in. He felt like he was winning and I knew I was because Catelli Smart Veggie has the 1/2 serving of vegetables.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Sometimes as parents, we have to give in and let them have their way so our brain doesn’t explode.

Pesto Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • Macaroni
  • Baby spinach
  • Red pepper
  • Sliced olives
  • Marinated sun-dried tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Pesto vinaigrette

What to Serve with Pasta Salad

  • Garlic Balsamic Roasted Asparagus
  • Red Wine Steak Marinade
  • BBQ Tex Mex Chicken Breasts
  • Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Pesto Pasta Salad

There are still a few weeks of summer left, and let’s not forget the September BBQs (it looks like we’re having a long summer here in Northern BC). This Pesto Pasta Salad is such an easy salad to make and makes a great addition to a potluck. I promise it’s going to go fast.

PS: If you like this Pesto Pasta Salad, then you’re going to LOVE this recipe for Fajita Pasta Salad.

What’s your favorite cold pasta salad recipe?

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Pesto Pasta Salad

This Pesto Pasta Salad recipe has been sponsored by my friends over at Catelli. I am being compensated as their brand ambassador but all opinions are 100% my own. 

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