Summer is perfect for outdoor get togethers. And what’s a gathering without delicious food? I recently attended a barbecue at a friend’s house and needed to bring a side dish. This fresh and simple Zucchini & Pesto Pasta Salad was quite a hit! Full of fresh veggies, tangy feta cheese and delicious pesto, it’s a great alternative to the classic mayo-based pasta salad.
For this recipe, I used Italian trottole pasta. The shape holds onto sauce really well and is so fun to eat. But, if you have trouble finding it at your grocery store, penne or rotini pasta would work as well. This pasta salad can be served both hot or cold. If you plan on serving it cold, I recommend making it several hours (5-6) or the night before. The hot pasta will absorb lots of the flavor while it cools, then you can add a little extra pesto right before serving if you like.