Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomato Pesto (Serves: 2; Preparation Time: 30 minutes)

Yet another Salad!?  My dear ‘not-so-health-conscious’ friends, please don’t be put off –  this is one of the most interesting and delicious salads that I have ever had. However the  best part is that it comes with such few calories!! You have to try this one to really believe “Salads can also make you drool!!” 


  • ½ cup  OR 150 gms cup pasta (fusilli /penne)
  • 15-20 leaves fresh basil leaves
  • ½ Red bell pepper
  • ½ Yellow bell pepper
  • 6-8 Mushrooms
  • 2-3 bunch rocket leaves
  • Parmesan cheese Shavings
  • Chopped garlic (1 clove)
Ingredients – Sun dried tomato pesto
  • 100 gms sun dried tomatoes
  • 50 gms roasted pine nuts/walnuts/almonds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 gms Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic

  • Boil pasta as per the instructions on the pack

  • Grind the ingredients of the sun dried tomato pesto to get a thick paste

  • Grill bell pepper and mushrooms and chop them in fine long strips (you could cut them and sauté them in a pan alternatively)

  • In a large bowl,  mix the pesto and chopped garlic with pasta

  • Add strips of grilled bell pepper, mushrooms and basil leaves; roughly break the rocket leaves and add to the salad, season with salt and black pepper, toss the salad

  • Garnish with Parmesan cheese shavings (refrigerate for sometime if you like) and enjoy an absolutely delectable salad

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