Pesto Pasta Salad

Summer is here…which means hot food is behind us, right? Ehhhhh. Probably not. But if it’s too hot for a hot bowl of pasta today, try this pasta salad instead! It is truly delightful. Pesto is the perfect condiment for any summer side dish or main dish, especially if your garden is overflowing with basil and you want to make your own. I don’t have a garden because I have a hard time even taking care of myself these days, so store bought for me, but you get the gist. Just make the pasta. You’ll love it. I promise.

PaleOMG Pesto Pasta Salad

PaleOMG Pesto Pasta Salad

It feels so nice to feel inspired in the kitchen again. My appetite has been so off during pregnancy and cooking has been a struggle. And that means getting creative has felt close to impossible. I’m just not a person who can fake that. I need to be happy, excited, and HUNGRY to be able to create new recipes. And luckily I’m finally there. People talk about feeling amazing in the second trimester, but it’s the third for me. I can finally eat, sleep, and do (most) things like I did before. The word most is probably stretching it, but I can at least work and enjoy my day most days. It also helps that I have only 46 days until my due date…but who’s counting. Yes, I know that there is a good chance that I will go past my due date, but no need to talk about that. No need. Give me that light and the end of the tunnel! Give me that finish line! 46 more days until I’M NOT PREGNANT.

PaleOMG Pesto Pasta Salad

It’s going to be SO interesting navigating this new life after our little girl comes. What will work be like? What will energy be like? What will life be like? It’s so easy to jump to conclusions based on other people’s lives, but no one person’s experience is the same, so I know mine will be just as unique. I’ve been working my ass off to try to get as much prepped as possible before she comes, but there is really only so much you can do and prep for something you’ve never experienced. What a wild and exciting time! I’m just so fucking excited. Excited to no longer be pregnant, excited to see what she looks like, excited for a new chapter filled with ups and downs. I’m pumped. And that new life is only 46…ish days away. So wild.

Speaking of pregnancy, I’m hungry again. Bye!

PaleOMG Pesto Pasta Salad


Pesto Pasta Salad

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x




  1. Cook pasta according to directions. When draining, reserve 3 tablespoons of pasta water. Rinse pasta under cool water then place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add beans, arugula, basil, sundried tomatoes, mayo, pesto, reserved pasta water, lemon juice, coarse salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, then mix to combined.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat, add pine nuts and toast for about 4-5 minutes, tossing frequently to keep from burning.
  4. Taste your pasta to see if it needs any more salt or lemon juice – this will be per your preference. Now eat up and enjoy your life!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


3 thoughts on “Pesto Pasta Salad”

  1. This was absolutely amazing! You were the first blog I followed when I went paleo. Now I’m a vegetarian but I always keep coming back to check if you have new veggie recipes out and this was a winner for sure! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is SO good. It has so much flavor and is filling without being overwhelming. Even my 3 year old can’t stop eating it, which is saying a lot! New favorite for sure!

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