Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Happy Friday, friends! As you’re reading this, I’m up in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, enjoying the rustic country for the weekend. Just like earlier in June, the hubster and I drove up last night to spend the weekend having some fun in the sun. On the agenda: relaxation! I’m hoping for some sunny weather so that I can work on my tan. I’m a tan-burn girl, so I get a combination of a tan and burn, but I’ll take what I can get! Since I won’t be back until Monday, I will respond to all of your comments as soon as I can!

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I thought today would be a great opportunity for me to share another salad that I’m crazy about, pasta salad! It’s a summer staple, one that’s always present at bbq’s, get togethers, and other summer events. Or in my case, a lunchtime favorite! I love whipping up pasta salads on the weekend, and then dividing it into separate containers to take for my lunches at work during the week. I am all about creating new pasta combinations, and I’ve made a sure winner this time!

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Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad! It’s a mouthful (no pun intended), but so delicious and full of flavor! And if you’re anything like me, you can eat pesto on just about anything, from salads, to pasta, and chicken. So when I discovered a new spread from Hidden Valley, I was eager to try it out. Thus, this salad was created. Creamy Parmesan basil pesto, tossed with fresh pasta, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese creates this zesty Pesto Pasta Mozzarella Salad! Easy to whip up, this dish is perfect for your next get-together, summer event, or meal accompaniment.

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Just like my Corn and Tomato Salad and Strawberry Spinach Salad, this Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad is a cinch to throw together! The key ingredient is the Parmesan Basil Pesto Sandwich Spread & Dip from Hidden Valley. It’s fairly new and so tasty! You can find it in the dressing and condiment aisle at the grocery store. Since I was in the mood for a salad, I decided to toss this spread with some pasta to create a creamy dressing.

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Simply add in some cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, black olives, olive oil, and that’s it! This Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad is ready in a matter of minutes. Serve at room temperature or chilled, and you will be amazed at how flavorful this is. The pesto spread and fresh mozzarella cheese creates a tangy bite that is hard to resist.

Once you dig into this Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad, your taste buds will be thanking you. Trust me, friends!

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Pesto Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Creamy Parmesan basil pesto, tossed with fresh pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese creates this zesty Pesto Pasta Mozzarella Salad!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dry, mini farfalle pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz container cherry Mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 (12 ounce jar) Hidden Valley Parmesan Basil Pesto Sandwich Spread & Dip
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil.
  2. Generously salt water, then add in dry pasta.
  3. Bring to a boil and let cook until al dente, then drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Pour pasta into a medium bowl.
  5. Add in tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, pesto spread, and olive oil.
  6. Stir until well combined.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

This salad is very versatile depending on your tastes. Feel free to add in more veggies, use a different type of pasta, or add more seasonings.

Pasta will keep refrigerated for up to one week.

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Lovely comments

  1. says

    When I get bored of salads, I just have to remind myself that they don’t always have to be the green leafy variety….a pasta salad is the perfect spin off of the traditional (sometimes boring just green salad).I pack my husband’s lunches for him (I know, so dorky) but this is the perfect thing for him. He’s a teacher so he can’t leave the building for lunch, and won’t buy his lunch because he says there yucky. I love the pesto/mozz/tomato combo!! Too bad I can’t grow mozzarella on a plant, hehe. Enjoy your fun sounding weekend!
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    • Gayle says

      I agree, Laura! I can get bored with green salads too, so I love finding new salad combinations. And the possibilities are endless, especially with pasta salads! Wouldn’t that be wonderful if you could grow a mozzarella plant? It would be perfect for your garden! :)

    • Gayle says

      Thanks Medha! This pesto sauce was delicious. Even tasted good on a sandwich, since I’m a huge sucker for pesto!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Mir! I managed to get just a little sunburn and hopefully some tan to go with it. And I love mozzarella, so perfect for the summer!

    • Gayle says

      You should definitely try out this spread, Katie! It’s so versatile and delicious…I think you’d love it!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks for the kind words, Jess! I could eat pesto on just about anything, so it was a no-brainer to make it into a pasta salad. And add in some mozzarella, and I’m in pasta heaven! :)

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Rachel! I love how easy this salad is to make, too. The hardest part was waiting for the pasta to cook! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Gayle says

      Thank you, Christin! I only got just a little sunburned, so that’s an improvement for me! :) This pasta salad is definitely full of flavor and so easy to whip up!

    • Gayle says

      This is a great pasta for the summer. So light, easy, and full of pesto flavor. I’ve been eating this pesto spread on just about everything! :)

    • Gayle says

      Thanks for the kind words and pin, Danielle! I’m so glad you share my love of pesto! And this salad is a breeze to whip up, so I know I’ll be making it again and again!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Michele! I think this is perfect for the summer, too! Easy to whip up and reminds me of summer get-togethers!

  2. says

    Great idea to use a jarred sandwich spread as a sauce. I’ve heard of people doing this with things like olive paste, which sounds good, too.
    Anything like this gets my vote, plus farfalle are my favourite pasta shape, for some reason. I call them ‘bow-tie pasta’!
    Have a great weekend away, Gayle!
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    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Helen! I don’t always use jarred spreads, but when I saw this pesto one, I knew I had to try it. And luckily, I loved it! :) And I call farfalle bow-tie pasta, too!

    • Gayle says

      I will have to remember that the next time I’m up there, Sarah! :) And thanks for the kind words, I absolutely love pesto pastas!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks so much, Mary Frances! You’re always so sweet! :) If I had any of this salad left, you would be the first one to get it!

    • Gayle says

      I soaked up as much sun as I could, Lindsey! And I agree, this is definitely an easy summer side, and full of pesto flavor!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks so much for the pin, Cindy! And I’m totally with you, I could eat pesto on just about anything, I’m not picky! :)

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Izzy! I had a great time! Aren’t these mozzarella balls cute? It was so hard for me not to eat them all as I was preparing this salad! :)

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