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Pesto Surprise Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Pesto Surprise

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"Need a quick salad for a picnic? Or potluck? This is perfect and fast!"

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    35 mins


  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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Jul 23, 2003

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.

Jul 24, 2008

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!


13 Ratings

May 21, 2012

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.

Mar 17, 2011

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 the pesto and added juice from one lemon instead.

Jun 01, 2010

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!

Mar 12, 2014

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.

Aug 04, 2014

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


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  • Calories
  • 259 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 13 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 881 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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