Alaska Salmon Pesto Pasta Salad

By Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Serves 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

8 ounces dry, small shell pasta
2 to 3 tsps garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup high-quality light Italian salad dressing
1 zucchini, cut in 1/2-inch half-moon slices
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red onion, thinly sliced        
3/4 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 can (14.75 oz.) traditional pack Alaska salmon, or 2 cans or pouches (6- to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained and chunked
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain well. Let cool slightly and then toss with thegarlic, pesto and dressing. Set aside.

Meanwhile, put the zucchini in a covered microwavable container and cook on high for 2 minutes or until just tender and bright green.

Toss the blanched zucchini, tomatoes, onion, and peas into the pasta and stir to combine. Gently fold in drained salmon; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or chill before serving.

Cook,s tip: This salad is best tossed together right before serving so pesto and flavors stay bright.

Nutrients Per Serving:
Nutrients per serving: 310 calories, 16g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 46% calories from fat, 30mg cholesterol, 17g protein, 26g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 485mg sodium, 214mg calcium and 1300mg omega-3 
fatty acids.