An easy homemade pesto sauce using baby spinach leaves, tossed with your favorite pasta and grape tomatoes. A perfect Summer side dish!

Easy spinach-pesto pasta salad recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m pretty sure my girls are turning into fish. They’ve swam daily for the past 2 weeks or so. There may be a break in that swim pattern though due to the pending tropical storm heading north. Fingers crossed it doesn’t mess with 4th of July plans too much. My oldest will be pretty bummed if it’s rainy and windy on her birthday.

She’s been watching the weather closely with me to see what’s going to happen. I think it’s partly due to it being her birthday week and partly due to her general interest and curiosity in more things these days. That of course didn’t stop her from proclaiming that it could be her ‘worse birthday ever’ if the storm hits up here. Kids… so dramatic.

Then again, I can’t say I wouldn’t feel the same way if it happened to me. It sort of has actually. One year I had a blizzard on my birthday. The joys of having a March birthday and living in New England. There’s always that snowy possibility… it’s especially annoying for someone who isn’t a huge fan of snow in the first place.

Easy spinach-pesto pasta salad recipe from @bakedbyrachel

But, should your 4th of July plans not be washed out this weekend. Be sure to whip up this super easy and flavorful pasta salad!! It’s a must make, especially if you love pesto sauce!

This one has a fun twist, using spinach instead of basil. I figured spinach would be more readily available to most, as you can easily find it at the grocery store in decent quantities. That isn’t the case when it comes to basil, at least around here! And how can you ever go wrong with cheese, garlic or pasta?! Add them all together and you have an amazing dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Your favorite pasta tossed with a homemade spinach-pesto sauce and grape tomatoes! Add this to your Summer plans!

Easy spinach-pesto pasta salad recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 plus
An easy homemade pesto sauce using baby spinach leaves, tossed with your favorite pasta and grape tomatoes. A perfect Summer side dish!


  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 3 C packed baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 C Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes


  • Prepare pasta as directed on package.
  • Meanwhile, prepare pesto sauce. In a food processor, puree spinach leaves with garlic cloves and Parmesan cheese. Slowly drizzle in 3-4 Tbsp olive oil until desired consistency is reached. Slice tomatoes into quarters.
  • Drain pasta, rinsing with cool water. Allow pasta to cool before tossing with pesto sauce and tomatoes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Pasta