easy pesto pasta salad in a white bowl with a black fork
5 from 10 votes
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 1.6g10%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 4.1mg1%
Sodium 499.2mg22%
Carbohydrates 24.9g8%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 1.1g1%
Protein 8.1g16%
Vitamin A 1040IU21%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:11 servings, 1 cup each
Pesto Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

You only need 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make this easy pesto pasta salad! It is the perfect pasta salad for summertime or busy weeknights. And it's my go-to for a quick and easy dinner. Not only does my whole family love it, but it makes a large amount and that means a ready-to-go lunch for the next day. 

  • 1 pound pasta*
  • 6-8 ounce jar premade pesto (Any favorite variety will work. I like Classico Basil Pesto.)
  • 2.25-3.8 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 5-6 ounces crumbled feta cheese**
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered or sliced roasted red peppers from a 16 ounce jar***
  1. Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta, then rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add all other ingredients into the mixing bowl with the pasta. Toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the pesto.

  3. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh chopped parsley and black pepper if desired. This pasta is great served warm, room temperature or chilled. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use any favorite pasta variety. Bowtie, Fusilli or Penne work best. For a gluten-free option, try a chickpea or brown rice pasta. 

**Any variety of feta works, but I typically use fat free.

***For the recipe, pictured, I used the sliced roasted red peppers. Use about 2 cups from the jar, drained, and chopped.

Author: Kim
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: bowtie pesto pasta, easy pasta recipe, pesto pasta salad

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