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nudelsalat mit pesto, cherrytomaten, und rucola
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Pesto Pasta Salad

Sun-dried tomatoes and basil bring intense flavor to this pesto pasta salad. The recipe is super easy, packs a lot of punch, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword pesto pasta salad, vegan pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 562kcal
Author Aline Cueni


Pasta Salad

  • 10.5 oz pasta I recommend fusilli, penne, or rigatoni
  • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts toasted
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Pesto Rosso


  • Pesto: Toast almonds in a skillet without oil for 5 minutes until golden brown. Place them with the remaining pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until the pesto has the desired consistency.
  • Cook pasta according to the packet instructions in boiling salt water until al dente. Drain, toss with some olive oil if desired, and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Toast pine nuts in a skillet without oil for 5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a glass jar and shake well or whisk them together in a small bowl.
  • Arrange all pasta salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the pesto on top and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Oil: Using the oil, in which the sun-dried tomatoes are packed in, adds extra flavor to your pesto. Plus, it’s an excellent way to use it up. ➝ You can mix it with olive oil if there isn’t enough oil in the jar.
Pesto: This recipe tasted best with homemade pesto. Anyhow, sometimes there is just not enough time, the quicker way is to use store-bought pesto. The salad tasted delicious too with this homemade basil pesto (green pesto).
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg