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.


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


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.

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.
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