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Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salade

August 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Food

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I love the Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salade made at La Madeleine Cafe.  While living in Austin, we would go there for lunch, meetings, and book club. I loved nothing better than getting a half of a Chicken Salade Croissant and a side of their amazing pasta salade.  Unfortunately I no longer live in proximity to a La Madeleine. I searched for the recipe and came up empty. So I decided to play around with the ingredients to see if I could recreate my favorite. I think I have it!

Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

1 box Farfalle (Bow Tie) pasta

1/4 cup chopped sweet onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh sweet basil

1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach

3 Roma tomatoes, diced

6 sun dried tomato halves packed in olive oil, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons of Amore Concentrated Basil Pesto

1/3 cup Brianna’s Home style Asiago Caesar Dressing or any other creamy Caesar dressing

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Salt and Pepper

Follow the directions on the back of the pasta box and cook pasta until it is firm. Drain and set aside to cool down.  While the pasta is cooling, prep the other ingredients. In a large bowl combine the onion, basil, spinach, diced tomato, sun dried tomato, and basil pesto.  Fold in the cooled pasta. Add the Caesar dressing and half of the cheese. Taste. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Add in the remaining cheese and toss.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

If you want to go all out, make your own Caesar Dressing and Basil Pesto! I found it easier and cheaper to buy these items. Also I would go easy on adding the salad dressing to make sure it suits your taste. You might add more dressing after the salad has set for a few hours.


4 Comments so far ↓

  • stephanie

    i tried the recipe i have to say its great on the money thanks so much now if i can get that ceasar chicken down a perfect meal at home..

  • Ginger Erp

    Thank you for posting this recipe! It is amazing. I made it and my kids love it!

  • Susan

    This recipe is very close to the original, and oh, so tasty!! It satisfied my daughters craving!
    I will use green onions next time, and maybe come up with my own garlic vinaigrette as well.
    Thank you for being the first to post a recipe for this delicious salad….just in time for summer!!

  • micky wong

    I was so excited to try your recipe because I also loved Le Madeleine Cafe’s Pasta. It is delicious. I made them many time and it is sure a keeper.

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