Bowtie Pasta Salad

After all the yummy treats from Christmas and the creamy comfort foods too, I was craving a little something on the lighter side last week. I saw this recipe for Bowtie Pasta Salad over at I Heart Naptime and knew I had to try it.
Here's what you need: Farfalle pasta, cooked chicken, spinach, tomato, pesto, Italian dressing, olive oil, and feta cheese
Here's how you make it: Cook your pasta and combine all ingredients. Put in refrigerator to chill. Salt and pepper to taste.
Bowtie Pasta Salad
(adapted from I Heart Naptime)

1 package farfalle or bowtie pasta
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3/4 cup basil pesto
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1 cup chopped chicken (grilled, canned or rotisserie)
2 cups spinach
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( I used a chopped roma tomato)
1/2 cup feta cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package. Drain and run cold water over it to stop the cooking process. Stir in 1 Tbsp. olive oil. In large serving bowl, combine the pesto, Italian dressing, chicken, spinach, and tomatoes. Gently fold in the pasta. Sprinkle in the feta cheese and stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill in refrigerator. To freshen up if it is dry, stir in another tablespoon of olive oil or Italian dressing.
The flavors in this pasta salad combined beautifully. This was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making it again and again.
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  1. This is my kind of salad, Nici! I love bow tie pasta in a cold salad. So pretty. Makes my mouth water!

  2. Oooh, looks so yummy. Visiting from Diana's Pin Me party. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! :)

  3. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing - can't wait to try this one!

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    Emily @

  4. Yum! Looks delicious!

  5. This sounds delicious - I love anything with Feta!

  6. I looove pasta salad! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects :)

  7. I want some now! For breakfast! This looks easy and delicious, thank you for sharing!

  8. Ths look quick, delicious, and healthy too! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and follow along. What a great recipe for others to see!

  9. mmmmm,love this sort of food,a must try. Visiting from The Farmhouse Porch. x

  10. My kind of salad, very inviting! I am hoping over from Pin me party!

  11. Yum! Why have I never thought to put raw baby spinach in pasta salad before? I'll have to try this soon.

  12. Hello I am visiting from Wonderful Food Weds. This salad looks so yummy. I will be making it very soon. This is my kind of food. Thanks so much for sharing. I am pinning this recipe right now.

  13. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational craft with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can't wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
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  14. Good Morning Nici,
    I actually had your salad for lunch yesterday and it was delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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