Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe With Feta, Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula by Donna John

Salads Side Dishes Pasta
2 years ago

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe With Feta, Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula

At a bridal shower, I had a pesto pasta salad that was so good. I found out it was from a small farm-to-market restaurant and catering business that was nowhere near my house. What to do? Find out the ingredients they used and make my own recipe. Drumroll, please...

This easy pesto pasta salad recipe has sundried tomatoes, Parmesan, feta, basil pesto and baby arugula. It's light, refreshing and the perfect side dish for summer with chicken, beef, pork, burgers and hot dogs (no mayo!).

If you can't find baby arugula, chop regular arugula leaves. I also threw in some fresh basil, which the restaurant didn't. But right now my herb garden is overloaded! It added even more freshness to the pasta salad. I chose to use refrigerated, store-bought pesto just because of time restraints. Next time I will make it with my homemade pesto recipe.

Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes to cook pasta
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 12 - 16 ounces small shell pasta (or pasta of your choice), cooked al dente according to package directions and rinsed under cold water
  • 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (from a 7-ounce jar of sundried tomatoes in oil)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade pesto (or to taste)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 - 2 cups baby arugula (tough stems cut off, if needed)
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Need help converting cooking and baking measurements? Here are some handy kitchen conversion charts.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get recipes in your newsfeed daily. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe With Bacon, Cheese & Peas

Creamy Sweet Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe Is All the Rage

Remoulade Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe Is Creamy Cajun Goodness

Creamy Deviled Egg Pasta Salad Recipe Is The Best of Two Worlds

Elisa Schmitz
YES! I love making my own versions of restaurant meals, too. This looks awesome!
Feta and sun dried tomatoes are a great combination.
Ann Marie Patitucci
This has my name written all over it! Thanks, Donna John !
Nan Chul Shin
Thanks for sharing this pesto pasta. I will be sure to try this one when I have the time next week.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Savory Mediterranean Spinach & Cheese Muffins Recipe (25 Minutes)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe (5 Ingredients, 15 Minutes)

Creamy "Everything But the Bagel" Potato Casserole Recipe With a Protein-Rich Secret Ingredient

Easy Mediterranean Skillet Carrots Recipe (5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes)