close up photo of pesto pasta salad with mozzarella pearls, basil leaves, and sliced cherry tomaotes on top

Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad is so fresh, easy, and perfect for summer. The combination of cold pasta, vibrant pesto, creamy mozzarella, and succulent tomatoes is a match made in heaven.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pesto pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 274kcal
Author Dina from


  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups pearl mozzarella
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil then generously salt the water and add the Farfalle pasta to the pot. Cook al dente.
  • Once the pasta is done cooking, pour it into a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the pasta from cooking.
  • Now place the pasta into a large bowl and stir in the pesto, pearl mozzarella, and sliced cherry tomatoes.
  • Serve chilled.



Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg