This pasta salad filled with pesto, peas, pine nuts and tomatoes is the perfect side dish to anything that comes off the grill.
There are many great things about Minnesota that make us take in these brutal winters, (although this wet, cold spring is really making me question our choice of where we live), but one of the biggest reasons for me is just around the corner: Summer. Summer in Minnesota is a pretty glorious thing. We have gorgeous lakes, warm weather and people come out of the woodwork. True, there are a few mosquitoes, but you have to take the good with the bad. And when it’s nice out, I like to be hanging outside with the family instead of stuck in the kitchen cooking, which is why this Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas is my go-to summer side dish.
Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas (say that 10 times fast) is a fabulous partner to anything that comes off the grill. It’s packed with a punch of flavor from the pesto sauce and bright color from the juicy tomatoes. (Double bonus if the tomatoes come from the farmer’s market!) But the best part is you can make it ahead of time and eat it at room temperature or chilled. How’s that for a no fuss pasta salad? And since it’s not loaded with heavy mayo and has spinach hidden in the pesto sauce, it’s even a tad healthy to boot.
So if you need me, I’ll be on the patio enjoying the sunshine. Which, after the rain and cold we have endured this spring, is well-deserved.