A crowd-pleaser pasta salad made with basil pesto, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Perfect to bring to parties, potlucks and BBQs! Easy gluten free substitution included.
Cook pasta according to package directions, making sure to cook them al dente so they are still firm (it's better when making pasta salad)
Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain again and place in a large salad bowl.
Add the cherry tomatoes and the mozzarella, and mix.
Add basil pesto and lemon juice to the bowl, and mix thoroughly until all the pasta, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes are covered with pesto.
Taste and adjust salt if needed (this will depend on the pesto you used). Serve and enjoy!
Make ahead: you can prepare this salad ahead but if you are using homemade pesto, don’t skip the lemon juice because this is what prevents the pesto from turning black (the change of color is caused by oxidation – it doesn’t change the taste but it’s not super pretty!).
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