Pesto Surprise

Pesto Surprise

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"Need a quick salad for a picnic? Or potluck? This is perfect and fast!"
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35 m servings 259 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 259 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 30.5g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 13 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 881 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. Prepared zesty Italian dressing according to package directions.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives, green olives and cheese. Pour dressing over all, add pesto, and stir until evenly coated. Refrigerate or serve immediately.


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I used penne pasta. The recipe contains a bit too much oil. Next time I will use less olive oil in the salad dressing but add more pesto.

Yummy! I made this just as described. So good! I will make this next month for my family reunion. I can't wait to share it!

My husband loved this salad. As other reviewers suggested, I added the salad dressing to taste. I also added an extra can of artichokes. This is a great recipe for a summer potluck.

This was great! Very light and fresh pasta salad. I gave it four stars since I didn't follow the recipe exactly. At the last minute I realized I didn't have an Italian dressing packet so I upped...

Very yummy pasta salad. I just put the dressing on to taste. Glad I tried this recipe. Usually I'm scared by any recipe with "surprise" in the name!

A good salad. Like others said, reduce the salad dressing as it really doesn't need a lot. I let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to marinate.

I added other veggies that I had plus turkey bacon which was yummy!

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