Pesto, Pine Nut And Goats Cheese Salad


Tuesday 4 July 2017

Pesto, Pine Nut And Goats Cheese Salad

Pesto, pine nut and goats cheese salad is an easy to make dish that is perfect for a summers evening. If you are anything like me, you will often have a jar of pesto kicking around in the fridge. Up until a few weeks ago, until I went out to lunch, I had only ever thought of putting pesto on pasta or in a chicken dish. It would never have occurred to me to use it as a salad dressing.

Pesto, Pine Nut And Goats Cheese Salad

A couple of weeks ago when Britain saw its mini heatwave, this dish would have been perfect. It was too hot to cook, and I was too hot and bothered to want to spend any time in the kitchen. The beauty of this dish is that it can be made in minutes. You don't even need to toast the pine nuts if you are short on time. I think it is worth the extra couple of minutes though. This dish is for two people and could also work well as a salad at a barbecue.

In an effort to lower the calories I used reduced fat pesto in this dish.

Pesto, Pine Nut And Goats Cheese Salad

  • 1 packet of beetroot salad
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 small cucumber
  • 60g goats cheese
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  1. Take a large bowl and add a heaped teaspoon of reduced fat pesto.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and cucumber into small chunks
  3. Add the beetroot salad, cucumber and tomatoes to the pesto and gently mix it around so that the salad becomes coated.
  4. Divide between two places.
  5. Slice/crumble the goats cheese and coat with any remaining pesto from the bowl. Place on top of the salad leaves. 
  6. You can add the pine nuts on top, or to make it even more special, toast the pine nuts for a minute and add to the salad.
Pesto, Pine Nut And Goats Cheese Salad

If you are in need of more salad inspiration this summer check out my super salads Pinterest board Super Salads. I can highly recommend trying the butternut squash and halloumi salad.

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easy to make pesto, pine nut and goats cheese salad

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