My daughter flew to San Diego a few weeks back to attend her cousin's baby shower (yay!). She rented a car at the airport and on the way, decided she was hungry. She pulled into a Safeway and made for their deli. I happened to call her while she was in Safeway and she told me that she got a Tuscan Pesto Salad that looked really good. She wanted to tell me what was in it to see if I could recreate it. She called after she ate it and said it was really good, so I told her I'd go ahead and give it a try.
A little basil goes a long way with me and my gardener, so I knew I didn't want an all basil pesto. I started with 1-1/2 cups spinach and 1/2 cup basil and was glad I did. The pesto was delicious. I got the other ingredients together (pasta shells, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and Feta and made this salad last night.
This salad would be good as a side salad, a light vegetarian lunch, or topped with some cold leftover salmon, which is the way I served it last night. The pasta will absorb a lot of the pesto, so additional pesto could be stirred in just before serving.
I have no idea if it will taste the same as the one my daughter got at Safeway, but it was really good, so now she'll have to make it and decide for herself. So, here you go Missy... hope you like it!