Basil-Tomato Salad

The flavors of pesto mix and mingle into a salad. For a meal, serve with chicken or fish.

Basil-Tomato Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
30 mins


  • 1 small baguette or French roll

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small head green leaf lettuce, torn (6 cups)

  • 3 cup fresh basil, torn

  • 2 cup grape tomatoes, halved, or chopped plum tomatoes

  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • cup lemon juice

  • 4 cloves garlic, mnced

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prepare Lemon Vinaigrette; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Split baguette in half horizontally. In small bowl combine olive oil and garlic. Brush onto cut sides of baguette. Cut each bread piece lengthwise into 3 or 4 breadsticks. Place on baking sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until toasted. Transfer to wire rack; cool.

  3. In large bowl combine lettuce and basil. In 3- to 4-quart glass canister or desired container layer greens, tomatoes, pine nuts, and cheese . Serve with breadsticks and Lemon Vinaigrette. Makes 6 servings.

Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. In small screw-top jar combine olive oil, finely shredded lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. Cover; shake well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
33g Fat
30g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 25.4mg 127%
Calcium 191.8mg 15%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 445mg 9%
Folate, total 96.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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