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Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is creamy and full of flavour thanks to the avocado and pesto. It's the perfect addition to summer.

Course Lunch, Salad
Keyword avocado, Pasta, Pesto, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Fraîche Nutrition


  • 250 grams dry pasta I used bow tie
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 cups lightly packed arugula or baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 long English cucumber diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta.  Cook until the pasta is al dente (just done) and drain in a colander.  Rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking and set it aside.
  2. In a mini food processor combine the pesto, avocado and lemon juice.  Process until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Combine the cooked pasta along with the remaining ingredients and the avocado pesto dressing and toss together to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.