Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

Focus on relaxing and mingling at your potluck parties with this easy Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad. Healthy and hearty, it is full of peppers, tomatoes, and more.

5 from 1 vote
Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
For the salad:
  • ½ pound gluten-free pasta of choice  elbows or spirals work best
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper  seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 3 medium celery stalks diced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup not packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
For the dressing:
  • 1 12 ounce package firm silken tofu (such as Mori Nu)
  • ounces fresh basil leaves 50-60 leaves
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves not packed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Fine sea salt and black pepper to taste
Make the salad:
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Rinse well and drain. Place into a large bowl with the chopped pepper, onion, celery, tomatoes, and cilantro. Toss to combine.

Make the dressing:
  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour about 2/3 of the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat. Add more dressing if a creamier pasta salad is desired. (Save any extra dressing in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Use as a dip, over more pasta, or as a spread for wraps or sandwiches.)

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Potassium 259mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 35.4%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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