*Simple Garden Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe is brought to you by Dreamfields Pasta. Recipe is my own.
I was asked to create a yummy, summer pasta dish and I could not be happier! I love pasta so much and this pasta dish will not let you down! It is so delicious and savory! Your whole family will eat it up in one sitting!
I was challenged to use fresh ingredients from the market, to create an original and yummy pasta dish using the delicious Dreamfields pasta. I think I did pretty good if I do say so myself!
This week’s challenge for me was called the Pesto-Presto challenge! I had to create a pasta dish using the following ingredients:
Pesto (any flavor)
Fresh vegetable (any variety)
Poultry (fresh, pre-cooked, sausage, etc.)
Plus I was allowed up to two extra ingredients of my choice. Dreamfields pasta, salt, pepper, oil, and water were my “free” ingredients.
So, off I went to go shopping! That was fun with three kids in tow, NOT! Anyways, picked out my ingredients and I was off to the kitchen to create something healthy and simple that my whole family would LOVE. And create I DID!!!
Simple Garden Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
- 3 cups Dreamfields Rotini
- 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken breast
- 3 sticks mozzarella string cheese sticks, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, chopped
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 cup low fat, fat-free chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons sundried tomato pesto sauce with whole pine nuts
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Place pasta in large bowl; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to chill.
- To serve, add chicken, mozzarella, pepper and cucumber to pasta; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
- In small bowl, whisk together chicken broth and pesto. Add to pasta mixture; toss to coat.
- *1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese can be used in place of string cheese.
Nutrition information (1/4 of recipe):
420 calories; 26 g protein; 55 g carbohydrates; 12 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 230 mg sodium; 7 g total dietary fiber.
Let me know if you decide to create this delicious, summer Simple Garden Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe! I want to know how you liked it! Feel free to check out my other pasta dish; Autumn Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies! YUM!
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Melissa @ This Girls Life Blog says
I love pasta salads. I will definitely have to add this one to my list of must trys. 🙂
Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says
Bravo on the challenge, that looks absolutely delicious!
Carly Brydon Anderson says
I am a huge lover of pasta! I could make this with ingredients straight out of our garden!
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I looks and sounds really tasty. Even better it’s a complete meal for a hot summer night
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
This looks like a great pasta salad that kids and adults can both enjoy! Thanks for the recipe!
Pasta Salads are my favorite for lunch! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I have never made my own pesto before but I have always wanted to try.
Yum! Pesto is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to try this at my next BBQ.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
Pastapalooza sounds like a great way to spend summer. I love that cucumber is included in this recipe.
I am a new fan of pesto. This looks great. I am going to try to vote.
Authentication fail. I will try when not on a tablet.
Yum. My family loves salads and u love pesto. I will have to do something like this for them! I’m sure it would be a big hit!
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love Pesto and I have not had any in a long time. I should really learn how to make it. I am sure my kids would love it as well.
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Kelly (@KickingWKelly) says
I love any salad with fresh veggies, especially a pasta salad. This one looks super yummy.
Debbie Denny says
That is a great combination of good stuff in this salad. Looks so tasty.
Marvelous Mommy says
Yum, I was just looking for a recipe like this! It looks delicious!
This looks so good! I love a good pasta salad, especially with pesto in it.
Catherine S says
This looks and sounds yummy. This will be perfect for our beach day. Thanks for the recipe.
Marcie W. says
I love the dish you created. It is fresh and light, yet filling and full of goodness. Yum!
Isabella Grey says
This looks so great! And so easy too! I might have to make some for lunch tomorrow.
Melissa Pezza says
I can’t wait to make this! It’s hearty, but it’s still light. It’s a PERFECT summer meal!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That looks so good! We have vegetables and herbs growing out back, so I’ll definitely be whipping this up.
I am all about simple garden salads and simple pasta salads. We love pesto here and often make our own. It’s a wonderful thing to keep on hand.
Our whole family loves Pesto Pasta and your recipe for the Pesto Pasta Salad looks delicious! Will be trying it soon.
This looks and sounds delicious! My husband loves pasta and I am always trying to find ways to make it healthier for him.
YUM!!! This looks so good,we love anything with pesto in my house. Ill have to try this one out.