Heading to a backyard barbecue? Hosting friends for dinner on the patio? This Summer Pasta Salad takes advantage of the flavorful tomatoes and basil coming out of the garden. And most importantly, no oven required!
8 oz prepared Basil pesto
¼ cup mayonnaise
8 oz pitted black olives
12 oz fresh or smoked mozzarella, cubed
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
8 oz shredded parmesan cheese
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
1 bag pasta, cooked (any short shape)
What to Do
Combine pesto and mayo to make a creamy dressing. Toss all ingredients together and combine well; chill. Before serving, bring to room temperature. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. (Note: If serving outdoors, on a hot day, omit mayonnaise, increase pesto to 12 oz, and thin with olive oil if necessary).
Serves 10 as a side dish.