Presto Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The Fourth of July is just around the corner. For most of us, that means picnics, backyard barbecues and copious amounts of ice cold libations. I don’t know about you, but the last place I want to be on a holiday weekend is inside slaving over a hot stove. Rolling out the grill is a given. But, you’ve got to have something to go along with those burgers and ribs – and it better not require hours of cooking. This Presto Pesto Pasta Salad fits the bill. It’s fast. It’s ridiculously easy. And, it’s full of zesty, bold flavors.

The dressing for this salad simply a mixture of mayonnaise, lemon juice and store bought pesto sauce – the kind you find in the refrigerator section at the supermarket. If you happen to have an abundance of fresh basil in your garden, you can certainly make your own pesto sauce from scratch.  It isn’t difficult, but in this heat I’m all about the easy.   Plus, once you doctor it up with the rest of the ingredients, I promise, no one will know the difference. 


This salad makes a great side dish on its own for whatever you’re grilling. But, you can also punch it up by mixing in some chicken, tuna or tasty little salad shrimp like I’ve done here.  Any way you serve Presto Pesto Pasta Salad, your guests will be dishing out the complements!



Here are a few other side dish ideas for your 4th of July celebration from the SGCC archives .  Enjoy!


Easy Italian-Style Farfalle Salad


Thai-Style Broccoli Slaw Salad


Jewels of the Earth Quinoa Salad


Edamame & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette


Sweet & Spicy Wickled Okra

20 responses to Presto Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

  1. On June 28, 2011 at 5:18pm, Maria said...

    Pasta salads are so good in the summer time! Love all of these!

  2. On June 28, 2011 at 5:46pm, Margaret said...

    ALL of these look so refreshing and perfect for the hot weather we have right now. Have to try that Quinoa Salad and the presto pesto.

  3. On June 28, 2011 at 5:55pm, Rosa said...

    Fantastic and so tasty! There’s nothing quite comparable to that combination (pasta & pesto)…



  4. On June 28, 2011 at 9:23pm, patsy said...

    Fabulous! I love that you can make this so easily from things I already have on hand!

  5. On June 29, 2011 at 1:20am, Katrina said...

    This looks amazing! I love the idea of adding pesto to mayo!

  6. On June 29, 2011 at 6:56am, SMIYH BITES said...

    For me, it’s ALWAYS about the sides and every. Single. One. Of these salads is a winner! Bring on the 4th!!

  7. On June 29, 2011 at 5:51pm, The Food Hunter said...

    Oh my I love those forks…and thanks for all the great side dish recipes.

  8. On June 30, 2011 at 7:22am, debbie said...

    Looks delicious Susan and perfect for this time of year!

  9. On June 30, 2011 at 10:22am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Too many pasta salads are bland. I’m glad you found some ways to kick it up!

  10. On June 30, 2011 at 12:03pm, Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook said...

    We love pesto. We love pasta salad. Can’t go wrong with this combination! Have a happy 4th!

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