One of the items on my Summer Bucket List (insert hyperlink to post) is to visit a park I’ve never been to. What better way to enjoy the park than a picnic? I started to think about different portable picnic foods and was reminded of this incredible pesto recipe from Nidhi. Here’s Nidhi and I’s recipe for a delicious summer pesto pasta salad!  

Nidhi & Danica’s Summer Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe 


  1. Pesto Sauce ala Nidhi  
  1. One box of Fusilli pasta 
  1. Cherry or grape tomatoes 
  1. Fresh basil 
  1. Black pepper 
  1. Bocconcini cheese balls 
  1. Frozen Peas 
  1. Olive oil 

Make it so 

  1. Fill a pot of water with the frozen peas and salt. Bring to a boil.  
  1. Add the pasta noodles to the same pot. Cook the pasta. 
  1. Strain the pasta and peas, drizzle lightly with olive oil and set aside to let cool. 
  1. Make the pesto sauce 
  1. Wash and slice the tomatoes and basil. 
  1. Once the pasta and peas are cool, mix all the ingredients together in a large salad bowl.  
  1. Top with black pepper to taste.  

Serve cold or at room temperature!  

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