Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

by Kinya - GlamLife MD August 30, 2018 This post contains affliate links

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a totally delighting salad for the entire family. Easy and homemade pasta salad recipe at its best! Get more recipes with mayonnaise!

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Servings: 5


  • 1/2 pound medium medium shells
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup Basil Pesto Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted


  • Prepare pasta as per the instructions on its package.
  • When the pasta is almost done, add peas. Drain excess liquid and set aside.
  •  Whisk together Basil Pesto Sauce and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta and peas, together with the sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts to the bowl.
  • Toss to coat in the Pesto dressing.


  • 330 Calories (kcal)
  • 14 Fat (g)
  • 1.5 Saturated Fat (g)
  • 41 Carbohydrates (g)
  • 3 Fiber (g)
  • 5 Sugar (g)
  • 9 Protein (g)
  • 0 Cholesterol (mg)
  • 95 Sodium (mg)


You should make eating salad your lifestyle habit. Salads are so cool and have a crunchy texture. There are so many salad recipes for you to choose from. It could be cooked or uncooked. Medium shells are suitable for cold salads, side dishes and soups. It goes so well with pasta salad. The shell shape holds onto the flavor of the sauce. It comes with the spicy flavor of the Basil Pesto sauce.

Having a plate before you take your main meal makes feel full faster. If you are among the people who are trying to lose weight, try this out .You will end up consuming fewer calories as it helps you cut calories and feel full faster. It is also good in controlling the levels of sugar in the blood. You don’t have to worry about eating pasta on a regular basis. They are so healthy and low in calories.

Adding some few tablespoons of nuts or any other oily seeds to your salad is important. It helps to boost your daily intake of the healthy fats.  Fats usually increase the satiety levels therefore will make the salad more filling. Luckily enough your Pesto pasta salad has toasted pine nuts as a source of the healthy fats in the source.

If possible, you should avoid adding some specific commercially made additives to your salad. The additives may prevent you from getting all the health benefits of your salad.  Most of the additives do counteract all the goodness. The main culprits here are the salad dressings. Apart from being full of processed fats, they are also full of high fructose corn syrup. Excess fructose contributes to diabetes and most of the chronic diseases. You can instead make your homemade salad dressing using healthy oil, herbs or lemon.

Another thing to avoid is adding cooked or processed foods to a salad. Foods such as full-fat cheeses and salted or sweetened nuts do add flavor and texture to the salads. However, they bring in additional calories, extra sugar, and unhealthy fats. So, if you must use them, just add minimal quantity in order to enjoy the full nutritional potential of your salad.





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