Fruit and Pasta Salad with Cashew Mint Pesto

I shouldn’t be allowed in Target alone. I just shouldn’t.

They have the cutest clothes. Ever. I got three pairs of yoga shorts – I’m smitten with their C9 stuff – and this dress. And some cute fun things for the blog, so get.pumped.

You know what else I got? This. Oh.mygosh. Heaven in a jar. I promptly got in my car, fished out the fork in my purse I used for dinner at work last night, and ate a giant spoonful. If I die from some weird, unknown bacterial infection, you’ll know why.

Why has no one ever thought to add a coffee flavor to, let’s be real and just come out with it, Nutella? This is basically Nutella. Just probably cheaper, because it’s Jif, and with a mocha cappuccino flavor. I could go nuts with ideas. White and Dark Chocolate Swirl Hazelnut Spread. Biscoff and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Oreo Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.

Okay. I’ll stop.

So, on a much healthier note, I made this salad. Myself. Sometimes I made concoctions and they turn out. And sommmmetimessss, they don’t. It’s fine. Life is all about the learning, right?

This salad has incredible mint flavor to it. And I love the combination of pasta and fruit. It’s so light and summery. And unique. And the cashews give it a bit of a pesto-y flavor.

Don’t fight the pasta and fruit, people. Just, don’t.

Fruit and Pasta Salad with Cashew Mint Pesto


1/2 c pasta
1 peach, choppped
1/2 c grapes
1/2 c blackberries
1/4 c loose mint leaves
1/4 c lemon juice
1/8 c lime olive oil
1/4 c raw cashews

1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. Finely chop 1/2 of the mint leaves (about 1/8 cup or a small handful) and add in a bowl with fruit.
3. In a blender, mix lemon juice, olive oil, cashews and rest of mint. Blend until smooth or small chunks of cashews are present.
4. Combine pasta with fruit and dressing. Stir to combine. Serve chilled.

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