Broccoli, Cherry Tomato, and Pesto Pasta Salad

17 Jul

 Are you suffering from a heat wave? Toronto had 4 consecutive days of high temperatures (+32C, humidex reaching to +42C). I kept close to a pool yesterday, and stayed out of a steamy kitchen 🙂  If you are suffering too, a cooling bowl of this pasta salad won’t go unnoticed!  It makes the perfect lunch or a light dinner on a hot summer day. Make this dish early in the day to allow time for the flavors to blend.  Enjoy and stay cool!

Another cooling tip:    used the same water to cook both pasta and a vegetable.  Additional bonus – it cuts down a pot to clean!

Adapted from the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook.


  • 4 oz whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the rotini and cook per the package directions.
  2. Add the broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.  Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the tomatoes, onion and basil to the bowl with the pasta.  Stir the pesto and oil and toss well.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cold Pasta Salad

How do you beat this heat?


13 Responses to “Broccoli, Cherry Tomato, and Pesto Pasta Salad”

  1. cindy knoke July 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Yes, I would like some please!

  2. abrooke65 July 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Definitely a nice light summer meal. I love the use of whole wheat pasta and you can never have too much refreshing pesto!

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves July 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      I love pesto in everything – sandwiches, pastas, and egg dishes.
      PS. I am still not seeing “Like” button on your site 😦

      • abrooke65 July 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

        So odd. I see. I didn’t change a setting. Will look into it again though! Thx.

  3. essentjewels July 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Looks full of flavor and healthy!

  4. Rexlin Victor July 18, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Colorful and yummy!!!

  5. wanderlustdhanya July 18, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Wow. This looks so yum and easy to prepare too. Must try this weekend. As for beating the heat is concerned I have two words–coconut water

  6. Boomdeeadda July 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    We’ve been watching your weather and cringe. I would be miserable as there’s no AC in our rental. I could eat this all day long and make a variation often over the summer. I find wholewheat pasta tough, do you boil it longer?

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves August 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Glad the heat wave is over (at least for now), I was quite miserable.
      If you prefer softer pasta, yes, you can probably boil it a minute or two longer.

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