There’s nothing like a light, healthy, cool pasta salad on a hot summer day. This pesto pasta salad is the PERFECT warm-weather meal: it’s fast, easy, and (maybe you already got this from the title) it uses only four ingredients! Pasta, Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese.
Prepared pesto is, in my opinion, one of the best all-purpose ingredients you can use. You can buy it from the store already made or make it fresh in only a few minutes (I used my lemon arugula pesto, but you can use traditional basil pesto or even cilantro jalapeno pesto!). It’s a healthy sauce that’s super flavorful from a highly concentrated amount of fresh herbs and garlic, it has a great texture from the nuts that are added to it, and it comes together with good-for-you extra virgin olive oil. Yummmm.
Pesto and goat cheese go together like two peas in a pod. Something about the fresh and bright pesto with the tangy and soft goat cheese works so well- add cherry tomatoes and earthy whole wheat pasta to the mix and you’ve got it made in the shade! It’s very similar to this gnocchi post from a while back.
This involves nothing more than cooking up some pasta and mixing pesto, halved cherry tomatoes, and crumbled goat cheese into it. However, there are a couple of different options for this meal. …