Dinner Ready in 20: Pesto Pasta Salad

July 21, 2021

Dinner Ready in 20: Pesto Pasta Salad


Grill, crockpot or bake a few extra pounds of chicken ahead of time, or buy a rotisserie chicken on the way home. As long as you have some cooked chicken and this recipe and just five additional ingredients, you can have a healthy supper on the table in 20 minutes or less.

Pesto Pasta Salad


  • 1 pound (16 ounce) whole wheat pasta
  • 1 jar (12 ounce) roasted red pepper, drained and roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup basil pesto
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 3 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (note: this recipe’s great without meat, too)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool.
  2. In a large serving bowl toss cooled pasta with remaining ingredients until combined.

Source: Lauren Cornay, RD, LN

Lauren Cornay is a registered dietitian with Avera Heart Hospital. Learn more about nutrition and great ways to make healthier meals.