Roasted Tomato, Pasta and Goat’s Cheese Salad

2 May 2018 — Lunch, Salad

Goats Cheese Salad


Serves 4

16 plum tomatoes

handful of basil leaves

400g of pasta

2 garlic cloves

80g walnuts

120g spinach

2 tablespoons lemon juice

olive oil

salt and pepper

215g Farleigh Wallop


How to make it

This Goat’s cheese salad is the quintessential summertime meal, light and fresh but filling enough for supper. Farleigh Wallop from the ‘Alex James Presents…’ range has a lovely, clean yet savoury flavour which complements the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 6.
  • Score a cross on the base of each tomato
  • Place each tomato in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water, leave for 30 seconds, then transfer to cold water and when cooler to touch, peel the skin away from the cross
  • Cut the tomatoes in half and place in on a wire rack over a baking tray – cut side up
  • Season with salt, pepper and basil leaves
  • Bake for 3 hours


  • Any short-cut or decorative pasta will work, something like Strozzapreti or frusilli would work well
  • Cook the pasta in a large pan with a pinch of salt, until al dente
  • Drain and put to one side, cover to keep warm


  • Turn the oven up to 180°C fan and spread the walnuts on some baking parchment on a baking tray
  • Roast for 10 minutes, turning occasionally

Bringing it together

  • Heat some oil in a pan and add the garlic (thinly sliced) until it sizzles
  • Add the spinach leaves allowing to gently wilt – 1 minute max (or you can add the spinach leaves raw for added crunch)
  • Add a drizzle of lemon juice
  • Slice up your roasted tomatoes
  • In your salad dish combine the spinach with tomatoes, dress with the remaining oil and walnuts
  • Slice your Farleigh Wallop into 1.5cm rounds and place on top of salad
  • Serve your Goat’s cheese salad with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, such as Domaine Michel Girard Sancerre.
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