Fiber-Dense Greens Pesto Pasta Salad

Are you tired of the same old pasta salad? If you're looking to add a burst of flavor and a healthy twist to your favorite dish, the Greens Pesto Pasta Salad is here to delight your taste buds.

This vibrant and refreshing salad combines the goodness of fresh greens, fragrant basil, and zesty homemade pesto, creating a harmonious medley of flavors that will leave you craving more.


Why Choose This?

    • Nutrient-rich: The combination of fresh greens, basil, and lemon juice adds a boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the dish, contributing to your overall well-being.
    • Fiber-packed: Whole grain pasta and greens provide a good amount of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and keeping you feeling satisfied.
    • Versatile and customizable: This recipe serves as a base, allowing you to get creative with additional vegetables, protein sources (such as grilled chicken or chickpeas), or cheese options to suit your preferences and dietary needs.
    • Time-saving: The Greens Pesto Pasta Salad can be prepared in advance, making it an excellent option for meal prepping or as a side dish for picnics, potlucks, or busy weeknight dinners.


What Youll Need

    • 8 ounces of your favorite pasta (penne, fusilli, or farfalle work well)
    • 2 cups packed fresh greens (such as spinach, kale, or arugula)
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts (toasted)
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, diced bell peppers, or olives


How To Make It

    1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
    2. Prepare the greens: In a food processor or blender, combine the fresh greens, basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, toasted nuts, garlic cloves, and lemon juice. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and finely chopped.
    3. Add the olive oil: With the food processor running, gradually pour in the olive oil in a steady stream. Continue blending until the mixture forms a smooth and creamy pesto sauce. If needed, add more olive oil to achieve the desired consistency.
    4. Season to taste: Taste the pesto and season with salt and pepper according to your preference. Remember that the Parmesan cheese adds some saltiness to the pesto, so adjust accordingly.
    5. Assemble the salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta and the prepared pesto sauce. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the vibrant green pesto.
    6. Add optional toppings: For added freshness and texture, you can include cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, diced bell peppers, or olives. Mix them into the pasta salad or use them as garnish.
    7. Chill and serve: Cover the pasta salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Serve chilled and enjoy!


Enjoy the goodness of fresh ingredients and the convenience of a make-ahead salad that is perfect for any occasion.

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