Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad

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Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad can cure a cold. It can also help when you’re feeling down. Well… it seems that way, anyway. Pasta is one of those guilty pleasures I love to go to when I just need to fill up on comfort foods. Whether it’s just cooked with some butter and chives, or made with a béchamel cheese sauce with chicken… I haven’t met many pasta dishes I don’t like.

Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad when the weather starts to get a little cooler

Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad

There’s a pasta salad I love at La Madeleine’s Country French Cafe. I always pick that with their tomato basil soup. More on that in another blog. My perfect pesto pasta salad recipe reminds me of theirs. I think it comes pretty darn close! I first started with another version from The Nurtured Nest. It was really close too, but I altered it just a bit to suit my taste. Play with the ingredients to suit your taste!

Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad

Takes 30 Mins
Serves 8-10 People


  • 1 Box of Bowtie Pasta
  • 6 Tbsp Pesto
  • 3 Tbsp Caesar dressing (I love Newman’s Own)
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp chopped up roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup spinach (chopped up)
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 2 Tbsp red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/4 tsp garlic salt


Cook pasta according to directions or until al dente.

For the Dressing

  1. Place pesto, caesar dressing and milk in a bowl. Whisk until combined. Chop up tomatoes, green onions, spinach, sundried tomatoes and red onion.
  2. When pasta is done, take out, toss with olive oil and let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine pasta with dressing and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add chopped ingredients, pepper and garlic salt. Taste. Add more seasoning if necessary.

Enjoy with a bowl of tomato basil soup!




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