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Sausage Bow Tie Salad

 Sausage Bow Tie Salad
"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.
9 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.