Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese

This vibrant Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad with fresh flavours straight from the Mediterranean is perfect for picnics.The intense sweet-tart flavour of the sun-dried tomatoes makes this simple salad zesty while the cherry tomatoes add a burst of freshness. Serve it along with Pizza Margherita for a perfect combo.

Madhuli Ajay
Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese
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Pasta salads are simple, quick and versatile. This vibrant Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad with fresh flavours straight from the Mediterranean is perfect for picnics, potlucks, lunch box or even a light lunch/supper. Sun dried tomatoes are blended together with sweet Italian basil leaves and pine nuts to make a pesto, which is used as a dressing for the pasta. The intense sweet-tart flavour of the sun-dried tomatoes makes this simple salad zesty while the cherry tomatoes add a burst of freshness. Goat cheese lends a unique tart flavour to the salad but you can alternatively use Parmesan cheese.

Serve Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese with Pizza Margherita for a weekend dinner.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other pasta recipes such as

  1. Burnt Garlic Pasta With Mushroom
  2. Spinach Corn Pasta In Whole Wheat White Sauce
  3. Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta With Spinach
  4. Broccoli Pesto Pasta

 

Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M

Makes:

2 Servings

Ingredients

    For the sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes , chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Pine nuts , or walnuts
  • 8 Basil leaves
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • Sea salt , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , crushed
  • 4 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • For the salad
  • 1 cup Penne pasta , whole wheat
  • 4 tablespoon Sun Dried Tomatoes , pesto
  • 2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar , optional
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , crushed
  • Salt , to taste
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes , cut in half
  • 10 Baby spinach
  • 8 Black olives , drained and cut in half
  • 50 grams Goat Cheese , crumbled
  • 2 teaspoon Capers , salted, rinsed and drained to remove excess salt
  • Basil leaves , Fresh, bits of sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts for garnishing

How to make Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese

  1. To begin making the Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese, firstly we will make the Sun-dried tomato pesto.

  2. Blend all the ingredients under ‘Sun dried tomato pesto’ in a food processor, to a coarse paste. Adjust the quantity of olive oil, if required.

  3. The next step is to prepare the salad. Cook the pasta in a saucepan as per instructions on the packet. Rinse under cold water and drain.

  4. In a small bowl mix together the pesto, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, black pepper and salt according to your taste.

  5. In a salad bowl, toss together the pasta with sun dried tomato dressing, cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, olives, capers and goat cheese.

  6. Garnish with basil leaves, sun-dried tomato bits and pine nuts.

  7. Serve Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese with Pizza Margherita for a weekend dinner.

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