Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad is the epitome of a delightful summer dish. Bursting with vibrant flavors and colors, this recipe combines the goodness of fresh garden produce with the rich, aromatic taste of pesto, creating a harmonious blend that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Picture this: a sunny afternoon, a light breeze rustling through the leaves, and a table set with a bowl of this tantalizing pasta salad. The first bite takes you on a journey through the garden, with the freshness of just-picked basil, the sweetness of ripe cherry tomatoes, and the crunch of perfectly cooked pasta, all coated in a luscious, homemade pesto sauce. Every mouthful is a symphony of flavors, a celebration of summer’s bounty.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound pasta, such as fusilli or penne
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced


  1. In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan, garlic, and pine nuts. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. With the processor running, slowly pour in olive oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and let it cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and black olives.
  5. Pour the pesto sauce over the pasta and toss until everything is well coated.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  7. Before serving, garnish with additional basil leaves and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A refreshing pasta salad featuring garden-fresh ingredients and a homemade basil pesto sauce.

Nutritional information: Calories: 450, Fat: 22g, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 12g

Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad is not just a recipe; it’s a celebration of summer, a tribute to the flavors of the garden, and a testament to the joy of simple, delicious food. Whether served as a side dish at a barbecue or as a light, satisfying dinner, this pasta salad will undoubtedly become a favorite in your repertoire. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the freshness of the season, and indulge in the culinary delight that is Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad.