Pasta salad

June 27, 2011  •  Category:


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.



22 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Faith says:

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

  2. heguiberto says:

    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. Rosa says:

    A refined pasta salad! Tasty.



  4. Italian Notes says:

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

  5. jantonio says:

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

  6. Priya says:

    Flavourful and filling salad..

  7. purabi naha says:

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  8. Nuts about food says:

    Beautiful colors and wonderfully fresh looking.

  9. Barbara says:

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

  10. Steve @ HPD says:

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

  11. Kalyn says:

    Sounds like a perfect summer meal!

  12. Sally - My Custard P says:

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

  13. T.W. Barritt says:

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

  14. Nisa says:

    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. Xiaolu @ 6 Bitterswe says:

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

  16. kankana says:

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

  17. Magic of Spice says:

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

  18. says:

    the color of the pasta salad is so fresh!

  19. shayma says:

    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. Lori Lynn says:

    That is one nice looking pasta salad.

  21. domi says:

    Super salade à l’italienne…..

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