So delicious! A tasty fresh lemon pesto pasta salad with a little zesty zing for those warm Summer days.

Serves: 4 | Prep time: 30 mins



½ cup 125ml light olive oil 

200g rocket 

60g blanched almonds

1 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon rind 

130g Grated Parmesan 

1 tsp flakes salt 

¼ tsp pepper 

      3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

      400g cherry tomatoes, halved

      4 basil leaves 

100g  green beans, trimmed

1 packet (500g) fusilli pasta

200g Bocconcini mozzarella cut in quarters 

Toasted flaked almond 


  1. Pour the olive oil and rocket into a food processor, blend for about 30 seconds until the ingredients are combined but not totally smooth. Scrape down the side and continue blending, add almond, half the garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and rind, half of the salt and pepper. Gradually add the remaining olive oil and blend until all the ingredients are just combined.
  2. Into a bowl let tomatoes infuse with extra virgin olive oil, the other half of the garlic, the remaining salt,  fresh basil leaves and lemon rind for 20 min.
  3. Bring some water to a boil and blanch the green beans for 4 min, drain and soak them in iced water for 5 min, then cut in 2 cm pcs.
  4. Cook the pasta according to packaging instructions, reserving ⅓ of cooking water, toss cooked pasta with pesto and reserved cooking water, add the tomatoes,green beans, bocconcini, toasted almond flakes, and the remaining grated parmesan, serve immediately.

Recipe notes

  • Pesto can be kept into the fridge up to 5 / 6 days 
  • Pesto can also been frozen and used when necessary 

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