Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

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!

Here is what you'll need

Process the sundried tomatoes, garlic, and oil until smooth

Pour half of the pesto over the pasta and mix

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

Start adding in all the good-ness

Mix it up real good!

This is not your average pasta salad!