CEimB Wheat Pasta Salad with Walnuts and Feta

by Joanne on November 11, 2010

“It’s the easy-to-bring salad that everyone will be fawning over at your next potluck.” 

Ellie describes this salad perfectly and without a doubt, everyone will “fawn” over it.  An absolutely, surprisingly, spectacular salad so easy to make and so utterly delicious. Can you tell that Ted and I thought this recipe was super?!!

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A fabulous pick by Kayte of Grandmas Kitchen Table.  This salad will be remade time after time after time. It was THAT good.

Here is the on line recipe and of course go to Kayte’s site to see how she made this dish.

The following are the components of Apple Crumbles salad, a few changes but nothing drastic.

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  • 8 oz Barilla Plus Farfalle Multigrain pasta – cooked according to package directions and cooled.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts – toasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (OH OK! I used 2/3 cup but really – I LOVE FETA!)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (1/2 a cup was too much for me)
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped (Can’t get too much spinach)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced (Lycopene!)
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS Sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar works just as well)
  • 3/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Honey Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the pasta, drain and run it under cold water to cool.

In the toaster oven, put the walnuts on aluminum foil and toast until they begin to brown. They burn easily so keep and eye on them.

In a large bowl, add the spinach, tomatoes, onion, cooled pasta, salt and pepper to taste.  Top with walnuts and feta.

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In a small bowl with a cover, add the oil, vinegar, garlic, and mustard. Cover and shake it up to blend.

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Pour dressing over the salad mix, toss and ENJOY!

Love the pasta: FARFALLE

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I definitely recommend adding the tomatoes

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And if you LOVE Feta, it works so well with the walnuts

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I can’t imagine anyone not liking this dish. Great pick Kayte!

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16 Comments

  • At 2010.11.11 06:43, Kayte said:

    Looks great! Okay, you added tomatoes, that wasn’t in the recipe!! I wanted to add those so much, too, but I tried to just do the recipe…however, Mark added tomatoes when he ate his as he thought it needed some more color to it…lol. I am adding the tomatoes next time as well, because although I loved it just as it was written, the tomatoes can only make it better in my opinion!! Yours looks wonderful, I am also going to use that farfalle next time as well…it just says “I’m a party!” when you use farfalle. Beautiful job on this one.

    • At 2010.11.11 16:19, Joanne said:

      The toms. added so much more than color. I wouldn’t go without them in this salad. Something about pasta and tomatoes I guess.

      • At 2010.11.11 07:10, Heather said:

        I love farfalle, too!! Don’t know why those little bowtie pastas make me so happy. 🙂
        Looks great!

        • At 2010.11.11 16:19, Joanne said:

          Bowties = fun and formal??? I think that makes me smile.

          • At 2010.11.11 08:55, peggy said:

            Of course yours is spectacular!! We really loved this one and I probably never would have noticed it in the book had Kayte not have chosen it. I will definitely make this again. Would be great for a luncheon with some of the girlfriends! It was light and so tasty.
            Love yours.

            • At 2010.11.11 16:19, Joanne said:

              I know! Why was this recipe so elusive in our book?????

              • At 2010.11.11 09:04, Bri said:

                I love how vibrant and colorful yours is! As you’ll see with mine, I forgot to add the spinach! I had it but I forgot to put it in. However, I did put it into the leftovers, so today we’ll get to enjoy it that way, too. This was so yummy, and like Peggy said, I probably never would have noticed it.

                • At 2010.11.11 16:20, Joanne said:

                  Thanks, Bri. The peppers look great even if the spinach is missing.

                  • At 2010.11.11 12:26, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                    Aaaaah, my kind of salad! I love walnuts in salads and pasta salads are so filling 🙂

                    • At 2010.11.11 16:20, Joanne said:

                      Any nut in a salad works for me. Love the crunch.

                      • At 2010.11.11 12:50, Chaya said:

                        Once again, I could eat off the screen. Beautiful salad.

                        Ellie continues to come through, time after time. This is another winner that a lot of us will continue to enjoy.

                        Thanks for the photos.

                        • At 2010.11.11 16:21, Joanne said:

                          Thanks Chaya.
                          That upload feature on your site for Apple recipes is so cool! I uploaded my Apple Crumble Pie recipe. Thanks!

                          • At 2010.11.11 14:03, Margaret said:

                            BEAUTIFUL pictures. I have to admit I really didn’t expect to like this one at all, but was pleasantly surprised.

                            Wonder what else you could add and make this salad even BETTER!!!!

                            • At 2010.11.11 16:22, Joanne said:

                              hmmmm…. I bet meateaters would like some bacon in there. Blue cheese might be really good as a sub for feta. There are so many options.

                              • At 2010.11.12 03:12, Alisa said:

                                It looks really delicious. i love that you added the tomatoes

                                • At 2010.11.12 17:40, The Rookie Baker said:

                                  I love that you put tomatoes in yours! I will definitely try that next time. We loved this here as well, and like many others, I would have passed right over this recipe had Kayte not chosen it.

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