Mediterranean pesto pasta salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6-8 portions
Pasta salads are a classic pick for lunch, picnics, and quick summer suppers. Simple, crowd-pleasing and satisfying, we love to make enough to take along to potlucks or to the office to share at lunch!
Making your own pesto as home is super easy. Fresh and fast, it makes a great addition to any salad or sandwich, and an awesome pasta sauce. Using hemp seeds in your pesto is also a great way to add a complete vegetable protein to the mix! This pasta salad is an excellent way to integrate these fantastic little seeds to your daily diet.

How it's made


  • 2 cups of short pasta
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 dozen cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of pesto
  • 1/3 cup of capers
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 dozen basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup of toasted


  1. Cook the pasta in a large quantity of boiling salted water according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to halt the cooking process.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, and then slice into thin half-circles. Cut the cherry tomatoes in 2 and chop the green onions.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the pasta salad together. Season generously with salt and pepper. Portion the pasta salad into containers to bring to school or the office.
Emilie Gaillet
Recipe By

Emilie Gaillet

Emilie creates healthy, and tasty recipes for PRANA as well as her own blog, Murmures. Her passion lies in the creation of recipes - from the chopping and stirring to the presentation and styling of her dishes.