Lemon Pesto Summer Salad

I saw that Trader Joe’s came out with a new sauce, Lemon Pesto, so I had to try it! This Lemon Pesto Summer Salad is the perfect side dish for your next summer BBQ or an easy weekday meal that is packed with veggies .

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1-16 oz package of whole wheat pasta (I used the Brown Rice pasta from TJ’s)
  • 1 container of Trader Joe’s Lemon Pesto sauce
  • 2 small broccoli florets, chopped
  • 4 cups spinach or other green
  • 1/4 white onion, chopped
  • Optional add ons: mozzarella, chopped tomato, chopped parsley, chopped garlic
  • Optional protein to make it a balanced meal: chicken, salmon, tofu


  1. Add water to a saucepan and turn on heat to boil water.
  2. Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add onion and broccoli. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until broccoli is most of the way cooked through.
  3. When water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package.
  4. Add spinach and mix thoroughly until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat when wilted.
  5. When pasta is done, drain, and add back to saucepan. Add veggies, pesto, and any additional toppings like fresh tomato or mozzarella.

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