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Simple Veggie Packed Bowtie Salad with Fresh Basil and Toasted Pine Nuts

Some people believe that eating only vegetables will not fill up the hungriest of manly men. Luckily, I am not one of these people. Sure we all love a great steak every now and then, but eating a vegetable based meal such as a salad can be 100% filling and satisfying. The secret is to load up with LOTS of vegetables and a variety of texture - smooth pasta, crunchy nuts, crisp spinach, squishy tomatoes. The addition of the pasta will create a hearty, healthy, convenient meal that is full of layered flavors. Make this for dinner tonight or to bring on your next picnic and


Bowtie Salad with Fresh Basil and Toasted Pine Nuts
From Meal Time

1 pound farfalle (bowtie) pasta
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes*
2 small zucchinis, sliced
1 can (2 1/2 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 garlic cloves, minced*
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups baby spinach, slightly chopped
1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Cook pasta as directed on the package until tender but firm. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. Toss pasta with tomatoes, zucchini, olives, green onions, garlic, vinaigrette and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cover and chill, if desired, for up to 24 hours.
  4. Just before serving, add spinach and basil; toss gently. Top with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

*To save time use canned tomatoes with garlic in place of plain diced tomatoes and garlic.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 400; Total fat 8g (Saturated fat 1.5g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 600mg; Carbohydrate 69g; Fiber 4g; Protein 14g

jendudley jendudley 10 years
Oh, man are you kidding? Black olives are the bestest! This dish looks fantastic!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Looks yummy, minus the black olives, blech!
figurine figurine 10 years
That salad definitely looks interesting, but yeah, more vegetables wouldn't hurt.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Broccoli is a great idea in it, amandaa!
kendallina kendallina 10 years
That pasta salad looks delicious!
karebear karebear 10 years
sounds good. I love new healthy recipes!
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
It does look good!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
OMG, this looks good.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
ohh man, AMAZING! but i'd add more veggies, like mushrooms and broccoli. i'm a bit fan of basil and pine nuts. may have to try this! i once had an amazing tri-color tortellini with a parmesan sauce and all kinds of veggies, including pine nuts. i even put it in the savory sights group!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Great idea chiefdishwasher!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
How about just a little pancetta for those who need meat?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Oh, yum! I love pastas like this! Man, now I'm starving!
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