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Not Your Mother’s Pasta Salad

I took my lunch to work in a mason jar; am I trendy yet? This pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser and can be served hot or cold. It’s easy to make, diet friendly, and certainly flavor packed. No matter where it’s served, my favorite pasta salad recipe is always a hit. Read on for the yummy details! Adapted from the Gimme Some Oven recipe seen here.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 pound of your favorite pasta – I used cavatappi
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite pesto – I used sun-dried tomato
  • minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh mozzarella
  • onion powder
  • balsamic glaze


  1. Boil pasta according to box al dente instructions with salt and olive oil in water, drain – do not rinse.
  2. Chop mozzarella into bite size cubes.
  3. Rinse and dry arugula.
  4. Lightly char red bell pepper on grill or grill pan – wash off charred sections before dicing.
  5. In a bowl, combine olive oil, pesto, garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, balsamic glaze until it resembles a smooth dressing.
  6. Toss arugula, mozzarella, dressing, pasta, and bell pepper together in bowl. Serve warm or chilled.
  7. If packing for work, pour dressing in container first, followed by pasta, bell pepper, mozzarella, then arugula.


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