Pesto pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, olives, mozzarella balls, pine nuts and red onion.
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Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad is pasta with mozzarella cheese, olives, tomatoes and pine nuts, all tossed with fresh basil pesto. An easy side dish that's perfect for a potluck or picnic.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta salad, pesto pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 423kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces corkscrew pasta or any short pasta type
  • 1 cup refrigerated basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella balls halved
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley plus more for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta and run cold water over the pasta to cool it down.
  • Place the pasta in a large bowl along with the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olives, pine nuts, red onion and parsley.
  • Pour the pesto over the top and toss to coat evenly.
  • Serve, topped with additional pine nuts and parsley for garnish.

Notes

Pasta salad can be prepared up to 6 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 21.2% | Vitamin C: 10.3% | Calcium: 17.8% | Iron: 8.9%