Courtesy of Travis London
Courtesy of Travis London
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Travis London is all about eating and living well — the healthy and chic way — and every week, he’ll be sharing tips and recipes right here on OKmagazine.com. This week, Travis shares his recipe for a delicious lemon pesto pasta salad!

“This dish is perfect for summer get-togethers with friends! It’s not only simple to make, it’s also heart healthy thanks to the addition of walnuts instead of the traditionally used pine nuts I pesto,” Travis tells OK!.

Summer Perfection Lemon Pesto Pasta Salad
Serves 8

Pesto

Ingredients
• 2 1/2 cups fresh lemon basil leaves
• 1 cup toasted walnuts
• 3 garlic cloves, peeled
• 1/2 cup soy Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:In a food processor process all ingredients until completely smooth, making sure to scrape the sides. Set aside.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 pounds whole-wheat Fusilli pasta (or whatever shape you like best)
• Extra virgin olive oil
• 3 cups broccoli florets
• 4 organic carrots, sliced into small rounds
• 10 organic cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 1/2 cups pitted black olives
• 1 organic yellow bell pepper, diced
• 4 cups water
• Extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Cook pasta according to instruction and drain. Drizzle with olive oil, toss, and set aside. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Place broccoli florets and sliced carrots in a large bowl. Cover with the boiling water and let stand for 1 minute. Then drain vegetables and rinse them with cold water. In a large bowl, combine broccoli and carrots with the tomatoes, olives and diced bell pepper: mix in the cooked pasta and with a spatula fold in pesto.

Chic Tip: For a chicer presentation when serving, use tongs to plate pasta and swirl upwards to create a tower effect. Garnish each plate with grated lemon zest and basil leaves.

For more tips and recipes from Travis visit HealthyChicEats.com and sign up for his free daily newsletter. You can also like Travis on Facebook  at Facebook.com/TLTravisLondon and follow him on Twitter twitter.com/TLTravisLondon.

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