Pesto Pasta Salad

Camping Recipes

This Pesto Pasta Salad is light, filling and fresh. Bursting with fresh, bold flavors, it is the perfect lunch for a hot Florida day at the park or campsite. Prepare the ingredients ahead or purchase store-bought options for a quick meal on the run!


  • 1 lb of bow-tie pasta
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • mixed salad greens or arugula
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Homemade or store-bought pesto:
    • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
    • juice of 2 lemons
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water before draining. Drain, rinse under cool water.
  2. Process the pesto ingredients in a food processor if making fresh.
  3. Toss the pasta in the pesto until evenly coated.
  4. To assemble the salad, place the greens on a plate, top with the pesto-tossed pasta, sprinkle the cherry tomatoes and optional olives on top.


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