This flavorful pesto pasta salad with roasted veggies is a delicious summer dish to serve warm or cold! Made with a simple walnut pesto, and bulked up with a rainbow of roasted veggies.
Pesto Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are always a go-to during the summer, or really any time of year. They’re easy to make, customizable, and can be served warm or cold.
The roasted veggies in this recipe add a delicious sweetness, and bulk up the pasta with added flavor and fiber.
It’s the perfect dish to prep at the beginning of the week for a simple, nutritious meal prep.
You can serve this recipe as a side dish or as a main. If you wanted to add a bit more protein to this dish, you can use a bean based pasta for a boost of protein and fiber.
The homemade walnut pesto comes together in less than 10 minutes. The walnuts give a delicious rich flavor which pairs perfectly with your favorite pasta.
This simple pesto is made from just a few simple ingredients:
- olive oil
- grated parmesan, or substitute nutritional yeast to keep it vegan
- lemon juice
- salt & pepper
The creamy walnut pesto is a staple on your favorite pasta, but can also be used on toast or with your favorite protein! You can prep it ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 1 week, or freeze it for 2-3 months.
For a pasta salad variation, you can add different colors of vegetables like peas, cherry tomatoes, or cucumbers. It’s a great way to clean out your fridge, and a delicious way to eat more veggies.
Serve this pesto pasta salad at your next BBQ or as a simple weeknight meal. I love it with a side of salmon, but there are so many ways to enjoy this simple dish 🙂