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Pesto Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian


This unique pesto pasta salad features smoked turkey, cranberries and toasted pine nuts with a flavorful, creamy pesto dressing. The recipe is so easy and can be made in only 30 minutes. Serve it cold as a refreshing main dish or as a side for your favorite summer recipes.



For the pasta salad:

  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 1/2 pound smoked turkey deli meat, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (about 2 ounces)
  • 2 cups arugula

For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 tablespoon water


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions for al dente in salted water. After straining, rinse with cold water until pasta is completely cooled.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together pesto sauce, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  3. Add pasta, smoked turkey, cranberries, red onion, pine nuts, parmesan and arugula. Stir until evenly coated with dressing.
  4. Refrigerate until serving.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, pesto, turkey, pasta