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Sausage Bow Tie Salad Recipe
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Sausage Bow Tie Salad Recipe

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"I made this flavorful entree salad for a first date. My boyfriend like ti so much, he took the leftovers home—and his roommates rave about it, too!" notes Christina Campeau, Simi Valley, California. "For a change of pace, substitute turkey sausage for the kielbasa," she suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound fully cooked reduced-fat kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
  • 5 cups cooked bow tie pasta
  • 7 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage, onion, water and 3/4 teaspoon garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and fennel seed. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in pasta until coated. Add the tomatoes, basil and remaining garlic; stir gently. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Bow Tie Salad in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, p48

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"One of my favorites for summer. It's such a different sort of pasta salad and absolutely delicious with the basil, balsamic, and fennel seed."

Reviewed May. 9, 2008

"This is a phenomenal salad! It looked a bit strange while cooking, so I was a bit nervous, but when I tasted the final product --WOW! A very unique taste and soooo good."

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