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Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes

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Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes - a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic!
4.7 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes - a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic! https://www.lanascooking.com/bow-tie-pasta-salad-with-tomatoes-and-grapes/

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes – a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic!

Like most food bloggers and people who enjoy cooking, I get dozens of emails each week that are just packed full of new recipes to try. One of my favorites is the email I get from myrecipes.com. There’s always something delicious and appropriate for the season in that email.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes - a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic! https://www.lanascooking.com/bow-tie-pasta-salad-with-tomatoes-and-grapes/

Several years ago, the MyRecipes email really caught my attention with this recipe. It’s a great little bow tie pasta salad with a twist – green grapes.

I’m quite sure I’ve never seen grapes in a pasta salad, especially one with a vinaigrette dressing, so I was really interested in trying it. And I’m here to tell you that recipe was so delicious, even after I put my own tweaks in it, that it has stayed on my recipe rotation ever since.

The contrast of the sweet grapes with the vinaigrette and the salty tangy-ness of the feta cheese really makes for a different and very enjoyable pasta salad. Make this one and take it to your next potluck or cookout and you’ll be sure to get tons of compliments.

How to Make Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes

It couldn’t be much simpler than this. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain it and toss it in a big bowl with the grape tomatoes, green grapes, and basil.

Make the vinaigrette in a small bowl, pour it over the pasta mixture and toss everything together. Add a little feta, gently toss it all together and that’s it!

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Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes - a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic! https://www.lanascooking.com/bow-tie-pasta-salad-with-tomatoes-and-grapes/

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes – a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic!
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup green grapes halved
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tblsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 2 tsp. capers
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tblsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  • Cook bow tie pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, grapes, basil, and well-drained pasta.
  • To a small bowl, add the vinegar, shallot, capers, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually add the oil while whisking constantly. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and stir to coat well. Add the cheese and toss gently to combine.

Notes

Recipe inspiration from myrecipes.com

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 871IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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12 Comments

  1. Lana, I believe you! I enjoy mixing flavors and seeing what plays off each other. My boyfriend is not as much a believer, but I am working on him!

  2. This looks so good. I will have to bribe my boyfriend to try this. (He’s not a fan of trying anything he doesn’t think should be paired together, but I just got him to agree to chicken salad with grapes. Perhaps he’s progressing!)

    1. It does seem like an unusual combination with the grapes, but it is really delicious! They add just the perfect little bite of sweetness to the salad.

  3. This is great. It’s a very special pasta salad. I think it would be really nice if serve chill. :)

  4. Love this combination!! I love discovering new flavor combinations like this Lana – at first it doesn’t seem like they would go together, but when you think about it, it totally makes sense!

  5. well, we love the tartness of sweet tomatoes with green ones so this does make sense… and the problem with all those wonderful emails from such sites is finding time to read them.. so glad you did this one…

  6. I’ve put grapes into a curry chicken salad but stopped there and haven’t tried it in a salad with tomatoes and lettuce. Why not? This looks perfectly light and tasty; will have to try!

    1. I was skeptical but intrigued about the tomatoes and grapes together, Barb, but found it to be a really delightful combination. I’ll definitely use it again.

  7. I love pasta salad Lana! This one looks incredible. I’ll have to try the mix of grapes with the feta cheese. Mmm…..