Pasta salad with pesto & prawns

This is a wonderful, zingy dish, perfect for a lunch out in the garden – use our recipe for homemade pesto to make it extra special

  • Ready in 30-40 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 600
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 78g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 24g
  • salt 2g


  • 400g dried short pasta, such as rigatoni or penne
  • about 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 200g peeled cooked prawns
  • 5 tbsp (100g/4oz) green pesto
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • juice of ½ lemon or lime
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, preferably flatleaf
  • a few basil leaves, shredded with your fingers, plus extra for sprinkling
  • lemon wedges, for squeezing


  1. Plunge the pasta into a large pan of salted boiling water and cook according to packet instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta into a colander and hold it under cold running water to cool it down quickly.

  2. Shake off the excess water and tip the pasta into a large bowl. Toss in 1 tbsp olive oil to coat thoroughly (this helps stop the pasta from sticking together), then add the prawns.

  3. Mix the pesto, mayonnaise and lemon or lime juice with some salt and pepper to taste. If you need to slacken the mixture a bit, stir in a little more olive oil. Pour the pesto dressing over the pasta and prawns and give everything a good stir. Add the parsley and basil leaves and stir again, then pile into your serving dish and serve scattered with extra shredded basil leaves, plus lemon wedges for squeezing over the salad.

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