Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto

With school back underway, I love to have pasta salad or other hearty salads that I can make on Sunday and have ready to go in the fridge all week long. These types of dishes hold up really well in the lunch box (pictured below) and are great to grab and go for adult/work lunches as well. We’re big fans of pesto in our house, so this twist with red peppers felt like a great way to switch things up!

Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto

Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto

Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto

Pasta salad is easy to make on Sunday and have ready to go in the fridge all week long. Try this twist with red peppers for a tasty way to change things up!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
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Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

For the pesto

For the salad

  • 2 1/4 cups whole-wheat orzo pasta (dry) cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 2 cups sliced fresh spinach leaves
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes sliced in half

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender combine the pesto ingredients including the basil, Parmesan, pimentos, almonds, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and blend until smooth. 
  • Toss pesto together with the cooked pasta, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a big bowl until well combined. Serve or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. 

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto in lunch box as side with black beans, corn, tomato dish, cheese stick, pepperoni slices, and fresh fruit slices

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10 thoughts on “Pasta Salad with Red Pepper Pesto”

  1. I’ve had a hard time finding whole wheat orzo. Even shopping online seems to yield only very expensive options. Could you provide a brand and where we buy it? Thanks!

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