Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

I know what you are thinking. Pasta salad? Boring. No thanks. Not interested. Pasta salads tend to get that kind of reaction. They are either too oily or too dry. Or, just too boring. But don’t leave just yet!  Pasta salads are also easy. And convenient.  And a great dish to bring to summer cookouts and picnics. AND with all this other good stuff mixed in they really serve a lot of people. The only pasta salad I used to eat was a simple tri-colored rotini Italian dressing one. Last year I had pasta salad at a bridal shower with olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese. It really inspired me to re-think the pasta salad!

I decided to throw all the stuff Cliff and I love into this pasta salad. Artichokes, asparagus, olives, pepperoni , and lots of cheese! And instead of an oily Italian dressing I decided to make a sun dried tomato pesto dressing. I really liked the way the dressing stuck to the pasta and made it super flavorful. When I made this pasta salad my mission was twofold. 1) Make something to bring to a Memorial Day Party 2)Have enough leftovers for our lunches during the week. I decided to make 2 pounds of pasta. I am so glad I did because there was just enough left over for Cliff and I to have for lunches during the week. And the pasta was just as good at the end of the week as it was at the beginning! Cliff came home from work every day and told me how good his leftover pasta salad was for lunch. Cliff and I both like our pasta salad warm but you can eat it warm or cold! If you think pasta salad is boring, please give it another chance! This one is full of flavor!

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Here is what you'll need

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Process the sundried tomatoes, garlic, and oil until smooth

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Pour half of the pesto over the pasta and mix

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Add a little pasta water and really coat the pasta with the pesto

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Start adding in all the good-ness

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

Mix it up real good!

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad recipe pictures

This is not your average pasta salad!

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks girly, this definitely blows all the mayo or italian dressing-ridden pasta salads I’ve had out the window! So fascinated by your sun-dried tomato pesto! I’ve never thought of doing that and it sounds like it adds amazing flavor! All your ingredients are lovely (mozerella balls, yum!) and I’ll definitely try it out!!

  2. Federica says

    Agreed that pasta salad is way boring! Usually loads of pasta and not much of anything else. I usually dress the pasta in oil and some balsamic and mix in 2 or 3 types of olives; grilled and dressed peppers, aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes; a couple of Italian cheeses; loads of basil; fresh cherry tomatoes and try and keep things vegetarian. Yours looks delicious by the way!

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