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Four Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad

All you need to make this healthy, light, and delicious pasta salad is 15 minutes and four ingredients! Great for a picnic or a summer party.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta I used rotini
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto I used lemon arugula pesto
  • 4 oz. chevre goat cheese crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved or quartered


  • Cook pasta according to directions.
  • Drain pasta.*
  • Mix pasta with pesto, goat cheese, and tomatoes.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold.


* When you mix the goat cheese with the warm pasta, it will melt into the pesto creating a creamy texture. If you want the cheese to stay intact (or if you want cool pasta salad immediately), rinse the pasta with cold water until cooled completely before mixing with other ingredients.