Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recipe

Brianna Hobbs | Flippin' Delicious

Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto will be your favorite pasta dish this summer. The homemade pesto made with pumpkin seeds...

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Gluten free pasta salad with pumpkin seed pesto is the perfect dish for summer. When the temperature outside is threateningly close to 100 degrees (or hotter some days), it’s nice to be able to eat a chilled pasta salad. And since the only heat required to make this is as long as it takes to boil a pot of pasta on the stove, you can spend your time away from the heat of the kitchen!

The pesto recipe that I used is naturally dairy free. I didn’t even miss the parmesan cheese that I would normally add in!

I also used pumpkin seeds (or you can use pepitas) rather than the traditional pine nuts, because they’re a more economical alternative. It still gives the pesto that nutty taste and texture that you want in a pesto, though, so don’t think you’ll be missing out!

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And would you guys believe me if I told you that I was eating this pesto with a spoon? Because that’s how good this is.

To be fully dairy free, I just served it to my husband and toddler without the mozzarella balls. I definitely indulged, however. They said that it tasted fabulous without the cheese, though!

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My kids are big fans of “baby ‘matoes” so I used them in this gluten free pasta salad too. I knew that my kids would eat them without complaints!

The reason I chose shell pasta in particular for this recipe is because it perfectly captures some of that yummy pesto sauce.  

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You can enjoy this gluten free pasta salad with pumpkin seed pesto recipe alone, or you can fire up the grill (it is summer, after all) and make some gluten free jalapeno popper hot dogs, or gluten free teriyaki grilled pineapple burgers to eat alongside your chilled pasta dish!

Alone or with your grilled meat of choice, you are going to have a hard time sharing this pesto pasta salad with anyone else! 

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Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 12 ounces Gluten Free Pasta Shells
  • 1-2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
  • 6-8 ounces Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
For the Pesto:
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds, Or pepitas
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Basil, Gently packed
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt


  1. Cook and drain the gluten free pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a food processor or blender, chop the pumpkin seeds until they resemble a coarse meal/bread crumbs. Add basil and garlic, and pulse until the basil is finely chopped. Add the olive oil, and pulse until well combined. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Toss the pasta with the pesto. Add the tomatoes and mozzarella pearls and toss to combine. 


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Author: Brianna Hobbs
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 223
Calories 503

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 243mg
Total Carbohydrate 47g
  Dietary Fiber 5g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brianna Hobbs

About Brianna

Brianna is the blogger behind Flippin' Delicious, which we think is a perfectly apt name for everything you'll find on her site. Here on Food Fanatic, you'll find her helping to make gluten free dinners everyone can enjoy.

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