Pasta salad

Heat is on, every day, unrelenting; I had been watering that basil bush hoping it would not succumb to the 100F plus temperatures; luckily it doubled in size in a few weeks and here is the result.

A pasta salad coated with fresh basil pesto and garnished with a handful of green beans and some black niçoise olives.

INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

  • 6 ounces of penne pasta
  • 1 cup of small black olives
  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 4 and up to 6 cloves of garlic, chopped and mashed in a mortar with a dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan
  • Olive oil, as needed


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water; drain and sprinkle a tablespoon of olive oil on the pasta and toss.
  2. Place the basil and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and run the machine while pouring several tablespoons of olive oil. Add about 1/4 cup of parmesan and transfer the pesto into the pasta bowl and toss.
  3. Cut the green beans into one inch pieces and cook or steam till tender; add to the bowl of pasta. Grind a bit of black pepper, add some olives, extra parmesan and serve.

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  1. Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful salad, and definitely the perfect meal for a hot summer day! The flavor of basil is so refreshing!

  2. Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Basil pesto is one of my favorite sauces. I don’t think I’ve made it without bit of crushed nuts added to it. I’ve got to try this one. I bet the basil flavor is more intense this way, which to me sounds even more exciting!

  3. Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    A refined pasta salad! Tasty.



  4. Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Adding beans sound like a good idea. I’ll give it a try.

  5. Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    A fantastic salad for these days of summer.I think is quick and delicius.

  6. Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Flavourful and filling salad..

  7. Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Your photos look just great and I am definitely intrigued! Loved your collection of recipes and everything about this blog. Do visit my curry blog and please feel free to comment on my Indian (Asian) recipes.

  8. Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Beautiful colors and wonderfully fresh looking.

  9. Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Marvelously simple summer salad! I do like your using green beans…never have done that in a pasta salad.

  10. Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Rule of thumb for pasta salad: the simpler, the better. And this one looks perfect! Cheers!

  11. Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a perfect summer meal!

  12. Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Just my kind of pasta dish – especially in this weather.

  13. Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Nice contrast of basil and black olives – hopefully your basil plant hasn’t wilted from all the heat.

  14. Nisa
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    My mouth is watering, as usual. You’ve inspired me to finally get around to planting some basil! Joumana, I was wondering if you might be persuaded to share a recipe for your version of toum (garlic paste) some time. I’ve found a few, but something tells me yours would be amazing. If you’re so inclined, of course. Thanks either way!

  15. Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I love pasta and pesto together — a great lunch I wish I could eat right now!

  16. Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    This kind of pasta salad is one of my go-to for summer .. light and flavorful!

  17. Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Lovely pasta dish…I like the add of black olives and green beans :)
    Hope you are having a great week…

  18. Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    the color of the pasta salad is so fresh!

  19. Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Joumana- fantastic- many congrats on your daytime tv feature- i just saw it on your blog. you are a natural- so elegant. x shayma

  20. Posted June 29, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    That is one nice looking pasta salad.

  21. Posted July 5, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Super salade à l’italienne…..

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