Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Don't forget that pesto can be frozen ahead of time for easy assembly. If you're not too fond of walnuts, substitute pine nuts for a more traditional pesto.
Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad
  • Recipe serves:6
  • Preparation time15 minutes
  • Cooking time10 minutes

Ingredients

Salad:
2 packs 12-16 oz. Gluten Free Pasta
1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes 
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling 

Pesto: 

4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves 
1/4 cup lightly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup walnuts (shelled) 
2-3 small cloves garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt 
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

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Directions

  • Put the basil, parsley, walnuts, garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
  • With the machine on, slowly pour the olive oil in through the food tube and process, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the mixture is very finely chopped and pasty. Add more salt if desired.
  • Cook the pasta according to package direction.
  • Rinse the pasta and mix with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil to prevent the pasta from clumping together.
  • Add as much pesto as desired and mix well.
  • Add tomatoes, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, mix, and enjoy!
Tip: This recipe makes enough pesto to freeze some for later. Note: This salad can be made up to 2 days in advance. Refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving. (I like to add tomatoes and Parmesan cheese just before serving as well.)