California Walnut sun-dried tomato pesto toasts with colourful tomato basil salad

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I have teamed up with the fabulous California Walnuts again to create this delicious summery lunch recipe. California Walnut sun-dried tomato pesto toasts with colourful tomato basil salad and oh my goodness it’s so good! Packed full of lovely flavours.

The pesto works brilliantly on the toasts – but it’s incredibly versatile and is brilliant on pasta, with rice or roast veg.The combination of sun dried tomatoes and California Walnuts is incredible and adds intense and rich flavour.And the colourful tomato salad shouts of summer – fresh and vibrant.

About California Walnuts;

The taste, texture and nutrition benefits of California Walnuts makes them a great choice for all sorts of dishes – sweet and savoury dishes – my favourites are pesto like this, used in tart bases, toasted to top salads or oats and make a brilliant ‘meaty’ texture in bolognese etc
And – all you need is a handful a day to get the benefits of California Walnuts

I think that California Walnuts are the best in the market and their packs they’re identifiable with a sticker or label which states: Produce of California or Produce of USA on the pack. 

A few nutritional facts;

  • Walnuts are the only tree nut to contain a rich source of the plant-based omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), 2.7g/ 30g * which the body can’t make on its own so must come from food
  • In addition to good fat, protein and fibre, walnuts also contain thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese and biotin.
  • Over 30 years of research suggests that California Walnuts may also offer benefits for heart health, cognitive health, diabetes, gut health, reproductive health and weight loss.
  • 30g of California Walnuts* offers 4.4 g of protein and 1.4 g of fibreDid you know! For great tasting walnuts all of the time, they are best kept in the fridge. For longer storage, place them in the freezer for up to 12 months.

More can be found on California Walnuts and heart health here:

Any walnuts sold in the UK that say Produce of California or Produce of USA will be from California. Many stores and brands sell packs of walnuts that are from California year-round, such as Whitworths, Home Bargains, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and more.

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  4 servings
  20 minutes preparation time
  15 minutes cook time


For the red pesto;

  • 250g sun blush/sun dried tomatoes drained
  • 30g fresh basil
  • 200g California Walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Big pinch sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • Juice 1/2 lemon

For the salad;

  • 3 colourful tomatoes sliced thinly
  • Handful multi coloured. cherry tomatoes sliced
  • Handful fresh basil shredded 
  • A few spring of fresh thyme
  • A few toasted California Walnuts – crushed

For the dressing;

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt flakes
  • Pinch chilli

Bread or baguette toasted.


To make the pesto;

  1. Toast the walnuts
  2. Add all the ingredients to a food processor or mini chopper or food processor and blitz to a chunky paste.
  3. Transfer to a jar.

To make the salad; 

  1. Add the sliced tomatoes, basil and crushed walnuts to a large bowl. Sprinkle fresh thyme on top.

To make the dressing;

  1. Add all the ingredients to a jar and shake to combine.

To serve;

  1. Toast the bread then spread generous amounts of pesto on top
  2. Serve with the tomato salad and dress with the dressing.

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  1. Abigail Barbier on July 17, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve recommended Rebel Recipes to so many friends, and have cooked your recipes to rapturous praise from all who eat with us! So can’t wait to try this walnut pesto. Thank you!! X

    • Niki on August 2, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Abigail

      Aww thats wonderful – so happy you like.
      Much love, Niki xxx

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