Pesto Salad


Hello…it’s me, not Adele – It’s Criss!

Dajana already warned you in her blog update that I will appear now on this blog with my very first updates and I’m happy she supports my first attempts of writing something for her blog.

I love food, but even more to cook/ bake and I try from now on to make every weekend one post about food – healthy, unhealthy, vegan or meat extravaganza, so basically I try from everything a little bit and show different recipes from all over the world on this blog.

This week I start with a mediterranean salad that I simply call “Pesto Salad”. During the last weeks, my beautiful girlfriend tease you already with a picture of the Pesto Salad so I want to share with you this easy recipe for it, I hope you will like it! ๐Ÿ™‚


How many portions you get from this recipe?

– This recipe is for 4 persons or a big salad for a buffet.

Which kitchen tools do you need?:

– Pan, Pot, Knife, Big Bow


The ingredients you need:

Basics: Alternatives:
1 Jar “Pesto Rosso” (7oz/200g)ย ย  “Pesto Genovese”, but then double the fresh tomatoes
1 Jar Sun-Dried Tomatoes in oil (8.5 OZ/241g) Glass sizes variate a little bit so it can be also more!
1 Package frozen Italian Seasoning (1,7oz/50g) 4-6 Tablespoons dried Italian Seasoning
(1,7oz/50g) Pine Nuts If you can`t find any in local store exchange it for Sunflower Seeds
1 Package Rucola(rocket) (5,2oz/150g)
(17,6oz/500g) Noodles I prefer Farfalle or Penne
(8,8oz/250g) Cocktail tomatoes
Some freshย leaves of Basil
Salt & Pepper
Some Garlic (If you like)



The hardest part of the recipe is to find all of the ingredients needed for the recipe, everything else is super easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Cook Noodles

Put the Noodles in cooking saltwater till they are Al-dente (Have still a little bite), Pour the noodles into a colander to drain the water away and pour over it some cold water so they stop cooking and drain that also away.

ย ย ย ย ย  2. Prepare the other Ingredients

First cut the dried tomatoes into pieces (Keep the oil for ad up after step 3 when it seems to dry), then roast the Pine Nuts without oil in a pen. The cocktail tomatoes can be in one piece halved or quartered how you like.

ย ย ย ย ย  3. Mix all together

Now put everything in a big Bowl – Noodles, Pesto, Dried Tomato Pieces, Italian Seasoning, Pine Nuts, Arugula, Cocktail Tomatoes, some fresh leaves of Basil and Garlic.
Mix everything together and add some salt and pepper.

ย ย ย ย ย  4. Let it rest

For around one hour at room temperature, test the taste and put in case some more salt/pepper or a little bit dried Italian seasoning.

ย ย ย ย  5. The best part!

Eat! ๐Ÿ˜€


I hope you will love this Pesto Salad as much as we do!

And let me know in the comments how you liked it! Please share a picture of your salad once you tried it! And don’t forget to tag my girlfriend on her Instagram / Twitter dajanaerd !

If you have any other ideas, suggestions or critics just type it into the comments below!

Till next weekend!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚



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