Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-08-21T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 minutes 2017-08-21T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

Summer Greens Pesto

  • 1 cup arugula/spinach
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more as necessary when blending
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parmesan

Other Ingredients

  • 1 box gluten-free pasta, cooked
  • 8 ounces small mozzarella balls (ciliegine or bocconcini), halved
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/3 cup marinated artichokes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or chiffonade
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
  • Optional: salami or pepperoni

Instructions

1. Place all pesto ingredients except for extra-virgin olive oil in a food processor or high speed blender. Pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. While machine is going, slowly pour in extra-virgin olive oil until you have reached a thick and creamy sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Place cooked pasta, mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, basil, Italian seasoning, sea salt, red pepper flakes, ground pepper, and any other ingredients you are adding in into a large mixing bowl. Add in the pesto and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve!