Pine Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad


Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula, pasta salad, pesto, pine nut
Servings: 10 people
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 30 mins
This Pine Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad contains four things I love: pine nuts, arugula, pasta, and feta. I think it's a delightful combination of flavors that almost everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta - I used radiatori.
  • 2 cups arugula - divided
  • 1 cup pinenuts - divided
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 grated parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest - zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta

Instructions

  • Begin by placing the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook the pasta according to package directions - until al dente. Rinse under cold water.
  • Next, prepare the pine nut and arugula pesto. In a food processor, add 1 cup arugula, 1/2 pine nuts, olive oil, basil, parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, gently toss the cooked pasta with the pesto. Add the remaining arugula and pine nuts and toss with the feta cheese. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Note: I recommend serving this pasta salad on the day you make it. However, it's still delicious the following day. If it seems a little dry at that point, toss it with a splash of olive oil.

Notes

I recommend serving this pasta salad on the day you make it. However, it's still delicious the following day. If it seems a little dry at that point, toss it with a splash of olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 10gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 405mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
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