When it's hot outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove or oven. Enter, this light, tasty salad featuring fresh cherry tomatoes and basil. This salad is sweet, fresh and flavorful. It's really easy to make and would be great a dish to take to a potluck.
Cherry Tomato, White Bean Pesto Salad
1 basket Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
1 small can white beans, rinsed
For the pesto (or use purchased pesto:
1 bunch basil (about 1 cup of leaves)
handful of walnuts (or pinenuts, if you choose)
salt & pepper to taste
To make the pesto, combine basil and nuts in a food processor, adding olive oil and lemon juice until the consistency is nice and smooth. In a medium size bowl, stir together tomatoes, beans and pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with basil leaves or shavings parmesan cheese.
This is my own recipe. I make things up as I cook so all measurements are estimates. You may need to adjust for your own tastes.