Bow-tie Pasta Salad with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, feta and spinach

Bow-tie Pasta Salad with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, feta and spinach
Staff Writer

Cooking Planit

Pack all kinds of favorite flavors into one pasta dish, and voila! You have a total crowd pleaser. This dish is perfect for parties because it can be made ahead and it travels easily.

Ingredients

  • clove garlic
  • 2  Tablespoons  red onion
  • 1  Cup  baby spinach
  • 1/2  Cup  black olives, sliced
  • 1/2  Cup  sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  Cup  feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1  Tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  Pound  farfell pasta
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt

Directions

Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic, then place in a large mixing bowl.

Finely chop a red onion to measure the indicated amount. Place in the large bowl with the garlic.

If you bought whole olives, slice them thinly to measure the indicated amount. Add to the garlic and red onion.

Pile the spinach leaves on top of each other and slice thinly into strips to measure the indicated amount. Add garlic, red onion and olives.

Slice the sun-dried tomatoes thinly to measure the indicated amount. Add to the garlic, red onion, olives and spinach.

Fill a large pot 2/3 high with water and cover. Place over high heat. Proceed with next step as water comes to a boil.

Once water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir in the farfalle pasta. Cook until tender but with a slight bite, about 11 minutes, or according to the package instructions.

After you strain the pasta, place it in the bowl with the garlic, red onion, olives, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Add the olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine well.

Place the pasta in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 10 minutes or while you finish preparing the rest of the meal.

Just before serving, remove the pasta from the refrigerator and stir in the crumbled feta. Transfer to a serving bowl or dinner plates. Ready to eat!
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
73mg
24%
Carbohydrate, by difference
61g
47%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
22µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
28mg
37%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
150mg
15%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
161µg
40%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
72mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
199mg
28%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
836mg
56%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
96g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Pasta Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.