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Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad 1

Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

This hearty Italian-themed main dish salad has a twist on traditional ingredients that everyone will love!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 (9-ounce) packages Fresh Express® Hearts of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red pepper, drained, diced


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Combine basil, parsley, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse, scraping down side as necessary, until finely chopped. With processor running, slowly drizzle in oil. Add the pesto, tomato, and peppers to the pasta; toss to coat.
  • Arrange Fresh Express® Hearts of Romaine Lettuce on four plates; top with pasta.
Keywords Back to School, Blends, Entertaining, Entrée Salad, Fall, Italian, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Picnic & Patio, Spring, Vegetarian, Winter
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