Pesto Pasta Salad with Prawns

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This cold pesto pasta salad is an easy and healthy summer recipe. With tomatoes, prawns and rocket then tossed with pesto it’s a delicious and quick recipe.

Just squeezing in one last summer recipe before it’s time for comfort food ☀

White bowl of pesto pasta salad on a marble background with a wooden spoon

It’s still a bit sunny here and we’re off on holiday next week so I’m definitely still feeling in the summer spirit and wanting to eat summer food like this. 

I eat pasta salad all summer long and this one has some of my favourite ingredients in it including super sweet cherry tomatoes, pesto and prawns. 

It’s so easy to make and keeps well in the fridge so it’s a dream for a quick dinner with leftovers the next day. I like to get mostly ready made or prepared ingredients. 

I get cooked prawns and store bought pesto but you could make both from scratch if you prefer.

White bowl of pasta salad with pesto and prawns in front of a checked cloth

Close up of prawn pesto pasta in a white bowl

Why we love this pesto pasta salad…

It’s so quick to make especially with the help of ready cooked prawns and store bought pesto all you need to do is boil some pasta and you’ve got dinner on the table

It keeps well in the fridge so you could make it on a Sunday and keep it for lunches and dinners throughout the rest of the week

It’s healthy thanks to the greens and tomatoes plus the prawns are low in fat and a great source of protein

Overhead shot of prawn pasta with pesto in a white bowl on a marble surface

Close up of prawns and pesto pasta with rocket and tomatoes

Prawn Pasta Salad Ingredients

Pasta: A short cut pasta works best, I went with fusilli

Prawns: I used ready cooked prawns but you could also cook your own raw ones if you prefer

Cherry Tomatoes: Get the multi colour ones if you can, they look so pretty!

Pesto: I used store bought but feel free to make your own if you prefer

Rocket: Or arugula for a peppery bite

Parmesan: Grated and stirred through before serving

Overhead shot of prawn pesto pasta in a white bowl on a marble background

White bowl of shrimp pasta salad with pesto

How to make prawn pesto pasta

Cook the pasta: In salted water until it’s cooked then drain and run under cold water.

Make the salad: Toss the pasta, prawns, cherry tomatoes, rocket, pesto, lemon juice, garlic, chilli flakes and parmesan together and season well before serving.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

White bowl of pesto pasta salad with a wooden spoon

Small bowl of prawn pesto pasta with a gold fork

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White bowl of pesto pasta salad on a marble background with a wooden spoon

Pesto Pasta Salad with Prawns

This cold pesto pasta salad is an easy and healthy summer recipe. With tomatoes, prawns and rocket then tossed with pesto it's a delicious and quick recipe.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pasta
  • 150 g Prawns
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 250 g Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 4 tbsp Pesto
  • 100 g Rocket
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 30 g Parmesan grated
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in salted water. Drain and run under cold water until cooled.
  • Add the pasta, prawns, cherry tomatoes, rocket, pesto, lemon juice, garlic, chilli flakes and parmesan to a bowl, season well with salt and pepper and toss everything together.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Pasta Salad with Prawns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 573mg24%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1297IU26%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 236mg24%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    01/09/2019 at 12:46 PM

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous salad! This is absolutely perfect for the summer. Love all of the fresh flavors and colors. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie
    01/09/2019 at 1:32 PM

    5 stars
    I love pesto pasta! Looks so delicious and light – perfect for a balanced dinner or lunch ♥

  • Reply
    Danielle
    01/09/2019 at 2:29 PM

    5 stars
    The summer is gone but I am still looking for summer recipes like this. Simple and easy – what else do you need, right? 🙂 !

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    01/09/2019 at 5:39 PM

    5 stars
    With or without the prawns, this pasta salad can become one of my favorites really fast. Beautiful recipe!

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