Since moving to Texas [cue crashing lighting and horses neighing alla Frau Blücher] , Hisa and I have discovered a great lunch place: La Madeleine French Cafe. It’s a chain cafe, but has great food. My only complaint is that they’re always so loud, but, I dunno, maybe they’re going for authentic busy French bistro atmosphere? Either way, the food is good.
One of their side dishes, is this pesto pasta salad that’s incredibly good. I decided to try and make my own version of it, and here’s what I came up with. It’s not an exact match, but still a pretty darn good pasta salad if I do say so myself! I added ham to mine, but feel free to leave it out if you want a vegetarian version.
Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad
(serves 8 – 10 as a side dish)
- 16 oz. pasta (fusilli or bow-tie)
- 8 Tbsp. sundried tomato pesto
- 1/2 c. diced cherry tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c. fresh baby spinach, diced
- 1/2 c. green onions, diced
- 4 Tbsp. Caesar dressing
- 1/2 c. cubed ham (optional)
Cook pasta according to packages instructions. Drain and add to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.