Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Prawn and Pesto Pasta Salad





I and salad don’t go well together most of the time unless they are sinfully dressed up. I love dressed salads, just like this one. Pesto and mayonnaise is a varied combination and we absolutely loved it. This is a fresh salad that is fragrant, mild, creamy and bursting with flavour. The nutty tasting pesto with fragrant basil and mayonnaise pairs well with this pasta salad. It is a meal in itself and very filling hence this salad found its way to one of my hubby’s lunch box menu as well. I came across this simple recipe on the pack of frozen prawns and so the recipe definitely has prawns in it. For vegetarian option, Just opt out Prawns. I can see myself making different salads with same pesto - mayo drssing. How about new potatoes added to these pastas?And chicken instead of prawns?Adding some cooked pulses like cannellini, Garbanzo etc.?Many options and I am sure they will taste as good as this one.


Prawn and Pesto Pasta Salad
Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as side.

Ingredients:

200g, 1 ¼ cup Cooked prawns
125 g any pasta shapes, I used my favorite - Penne.
100g, 6 cherry tomatoes quartered
½ cup, 100g canned sweet corn
2 spring onions, chopped into rings
3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp shop bought pesto

Preparations:

1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and let it cool.

2. In a bowl, add cooked pasta, cooked prawns, corn, tomatoes, spring onions and stir well.

3. Add mayonnaise and pesto sauce and mix well. Adjust salt and add pepper powder if desired.

Notes:
 
1. You can adjust the pesto depending on how strong you like the flavour. I love the flavor of basil and hence added much. You can reduce it to 1 or 2 tablespoons instead of 3.

13 comments:

An Open Book said...

i eat salads like these and claim im on a healthy regime..but who am i kidding..sigh!
i have never used prawn and pasta together..shud give it a go some time. i use chopped up sausages, mince meat, bacon etc

Biny Anoop said...

Hey Shab watta coincidence i am just after posting a pasta with prawn version....urs look simple and quick love the colours u have brought together....

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Surely an inviting salad... yum yumm...
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Event: Serve It-Chilled

Priti said...

Nice combo n looks delicious

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Shabs
How are you? This is one of the best salad recipes I have come across. I must try it soon.
have a nice day

Priya said...

Feel like finishing that whole plate,irresistible salad..

Hasna said...

oh...ths s the one u told me that day, rite?? omg..irresistible...will have to rush to buy the pesto tmrw...

kothiyavunu.com said...

Simple, colourful and delicious dish shabs..Btw, I am good..How about u?? I just got back from India couple of weeks before..Just got settled..Well big thanks-ttoo for wishes and to see what happened to me...pinee avide enthokke undu visheshangal??? moonu enthu parayanu??

Sharmilee! :) said...

Pasta salad sounds like a interesting idea

Chitra said...

pasta looks very colorfull..and looks very tempting..

Deepa said...

yummyyyy... i too love dressed salads

divya said...

Looks awesome,mouthwatering here..

Parita said...

Gorgeous pictures dear! How have you been?

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