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Warm cherry tomato, goat cheese, and pasta salad

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
This is a beautiful, easy-to-make salad that you can prepare from start to finish in just 20 minutes. It's hearty enough to serve on its own as an entrée, thanks to the pasta, or it's the perfect appetizer or side for a celebratory dinner party or backyard barbecue. It features whole wheat penne, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley, olive oil, garlic, and crumbled goat cheese. Any small tomatoes will work for this salad: cherry, grape, yellow, red, black—whatever looks good at your market is going to look good on your plate. You can also use feta in place of the goat cheese if you so desire.


Uncooked whole wheat penne

6 oz

Fresh cherry tomato(es)

1 pound(s), halved


¼ cup(s), loosely packed, finely chopped

Fresh parsley

2 Tbsp, loosely packed, finely chopped

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Minced garlic

1 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp

Semisoft goat cheese

1½ oz, crumbled


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 7 minutes or according to the package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together tomatoes, basil, parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Drain pasta (do not rinse!) and add it hot to the tomato mixture. Toss well and sprinkle with goat cheese.
  4. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups.