Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

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Sweet sun dried tomatoes, fresh pesto, luscious Greek yogurt are tossed with pasta to create a salad that is so scrumptious, it may just become a favorite. A classic pesto, made with fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts blends with yogurt to coat the pasta perfectly.

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad can be made ahead and taken to lunch, or served as a side with a dinner entrée, such as:

Delicious Blackened Sockeye Salmon
Baked Parmesan ChickenJuicy Faux Fried Chicken
Barbecue Grilled Chicken Breasts

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

Yields: 8.5 | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 190 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 | Carbohydrates:14 g | Sodium: 97 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 5 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


  • 1 (12 ounce box) whole wheat Rotini pasta, optional penne or ziti
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt, plain (I used 2% which is reflected in the nutritional data)
  • 1/2 cup Pesto, click for Basil & Spinach Pesto recipe
  • 3/4 cups (coarsely chopped) sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil and drained


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water and chill. Combine yogurt with pesto, add to cold pasta and toss to coat. Add sun-dried tomatoes and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add fresh basil leaves for garnish.
  2. NOTE: We prefer to serve our pasta salad immediately or soon after preparing because the olive oil, in the pesto, tends to get thick after several hours in the fridge.
  3. Tip: When chopping sun-dried tomatoes, discard the ends which tend to be tough.

6 Comments on "Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad"

  1. Daiquirri  April 11, 2013

    Made this tonight! Added extra veggies for some crunch! Love it! Thanks.

  2. alesya  March 25, 2014

    is it possible to make this with gluten free (brown rice) pasta?

    • SkinnyMs  March 25, 2014

      Yes, you sure can.

  3. Ana Salipur  December 18, 2017

    how long will this last in the fridge? 🙂
    Want to make it ahead for christmas!

    • Nichole Furlong  December 19, 2017

      Great question, Ana! I would only keep this in the fridge for 4 or 5 days. Sometimes the Greek yogurt can become watery if it sits too long. However, you could cook the pasta ahead of time and mix all the ingredients together when you’re ready to serve!

  4. Harreit  July 31, 2018

    I made this and added olives and a little sour cream, delicous.


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