It is easy to make your own Sundried tomatoes at home. Use the hot summer sun and fresh tomatoes to make your stock, that will last you all through the year. If you raise your hand, I will post a step by step guide to making your own Sundried tomatoes!
For this Sundried Tomato Penne pasta salad, sundried tomatoes are combined together with sweet Italian basil leaves (my favourite 🙂 ) garlic, and pine nuts to make a pesto, which is used as a dressing for the pasta. You can also use walnuts instead of pine nuts.The pesto can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer (depending on how long you want to keep it). When the craving strikes, all you have to do is boil the pasta and toss together all the ingredients! The intense sweet-tart flavour of the sun-dried tomatoes makes this simple salad zesty, while the cherry tomatoes add freshness.
The spinach leaves can be substituted with any other greens like Rucola. Goat’s cheese lends a unique tart flavour to the salad but you can alternatively use Parmesan cheese or skip it completely.
This vibrant Sundried Tomato Penne pasta salad with fresh flavours straight from the Mediterranean is perfect for picnics, potlucks, lunch box or a light summer lunch or supper.