Every month, we have a pot luck at our house, and usually I make some sort of grain salad – they’re delicious, not too expensive, super easy and a real crowd pleaser! This month, I decided to go with a pesto pasta salad and boy was it’s delicious! Here’s what I did.
- 4 boxes bow tie pasta
- 3 packages mozzarella pearls
- 3 pints grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 large English cucumber
- 2 jars Classico pesto sauce (basil is not in season and Classico brand is quite delicious)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil
Prepare the pasta, cool and set aside (we cook two boxes per pot, drain and cool with water and ice cubes and add the the large container that will hold the whole salad.
Meanwhile, slice the grape tomatoes in half and using a mandoline, slice the cucumber very thinly.
Add one jar of pesto and toss gently, but well, to distribute. When the first jar is distributed well, add the second and repeat – continuing with gentle tossing.
Rinse and separate the pearls, using a colander. Add them to the salad and toss again. If the salad seems a little dry, add a couple of tablespoons of oil to coat everything a bit better.
Toss one more time. Plate, serve, and salt and pepper to taste.
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