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Gluten Free Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe – Deliciously Creamy & Full of Flavour

Impulsive Culinarian’s Deliciously Dairy Free & Gluten Free Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe



  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 1/4 cup Toasted Sunflower Seeds
  • 3 cups Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 cup Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Freshly Grated Dairy Free Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • 1 pound Gluten Free Pasta (Fusilli is my personal fav)
  • 1/4 cup Good Olive Oil (or your favourite Flavoured Oil if possible)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (whatever kind your family prefers)
  • 1 can Pitted Black Olives, chopped


  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil (approximately 7 liters of water and 2 generous tablespoons of salt)
  • Prepare the pesto
    • Snip fresh basil leaves and place them in a food processor, then pulse a few times to get them roughly chopped
    • Add sunflower seeds, grated cheese and chopped garlic to the food processor
    • Pulse well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined
    • Scrape down the sides with a cake spatula
    • With the processor running, slowly drizzle the 1/2 cup of oil into your food processor and let it run until the pesto has the consistency of a smooth paste
    • Add salt & pepper to taste
  • Boil pasta according to package directions
  • Drain pasta and place in a large mixing bowl
  • Add pesto to the warm pasta and mix to prevent the pasta from sticking
  • Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, 1/4 of flavoured oil and chopped black olives  to the salad mixture
  • Mix well and serve at room temperature
My dairy free, gluten free pesto pasta salad recipe with black olives is a delicious addition to any summer feast
My dairy free, gluten free pesto pasta salad recipe with black olives is a delicious addition to any summer feast

Pesto-Licious Goodness

Among the many types of pasta salad recipes that can be enjoyed, this pesto pasta salad with black olives is most certainly in my top ten. Fresh pesto is always a treat to enjoy, but the addition of black olives and a dollop of creamy mayo brings this already excellent salad to the next level.

Sincerely hoping you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and as always … happy cooking!

About me: My name is Paul Thibault, an impulsive home chef developing delicious gluten free recipes for family and friends regardless of their allergen restrictions or dietary limitations, visit the About Page to learn more.