I had this pasta salad at a local sandwich shop and my daughter gobbled it up, so I wanted to try and duplicate it. It was pretty easy and came out so good. It will definitely be a staple for barbecues all summer long!
This recipe starts with pesto. There’s something about pesto that screams fancy food to me – anyone else? Anyone? I’m not sure why, because it is easy to make. Like really easy. And, if you happen to have an abundance of basil like I typically do around this time every year, it’s even better because then you MADE pesto. And that impresses people. Right? An easy alternative to making pesto…just buy some. It’s almost as impressive as making it yourself. You did, after all, drive to the supermarket and find the correct aisle! That takes some skill, I guess. But I promise in the time it takes you to get to the supermarket and back, your pesto could be done. If you’re looking for a recipe, here’s mine. Pesto is neat because you can use so many different combinations of ingredients and still end up with similar results. The most standard ingredients for pesto are pine nuts, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and salt. But I’ve also made it with walnuts and basil, and walnuts and arugula. Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt are always on the list! You can start by following a recipe but definitely taste as you can and add things to taste.
How to make Pesto and Pea Pasta Salad
- First step is to make (or buy) the pesto. Once you have that done, you’re honestly halfway there.
- Boil the pasta (any kind will work – I used fusilli and it worked well).
- When the pasta cools down, mix in the mayo, pesto, peas and lemon juice.
And VOILA – a side dish that will be sure to impress at your next barbecue!