Mediterranean Bow Tie Pasta and Grilled Tuna Dinner Salad

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!”

 Author unknown

imageWith cooler  nights and shorter days upon us, I’m trying to hang on to summer as long as possible in the kitchen.   This salad showcases luscious, organically grown tomatoes from my neighbor Marty’s amazing garden which I am invited to raid at leisure.  Great tomatoes are readily available at local farmers’ markets if you don’t have your own garden-grown source.image  The beauty of this salad is that it is minimally cooked, assembled in no time at all and packs a big punch of flavor from pesto.  A whole meal in a bowl bursting with summer tomatoes?  Love!



10 oz of bow tie pasta, cooked al dente as per package instructions,  I used black and white bowties for their striking appearance and larger size.  Regular bowties are fine.

1/3 c of pesto;  good commercial varieties are available at Costco or Trader Joe’s;  homemade is best

4 c of fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped in 1 inch chunks

1/4 c  Nonpareille capers

14 Kalamata olives, halved

4 c arugula leaves

1 lb Albacore tuna fillets

zest and juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

1/4c grated parmesan cheese


1-  In a bowl, toss the tomatoes, capers, olives and arugula together.  Reserve.

2-  Drain the pasta and coat with the pesto in the cooking pot.  Reserve and keep warm.

3-  Season tuna with salt and pepper.  On an oiled, medium hot grill, cook for 1 minute on each side for a rare temperature; 2 minutes for well done.  Remove from heat and slice on the diagonal into bite-size chunks.  Toss with the lemon juice and zest.


On  a large rimmed platter toss the tomato mixture with the warm pasta.  Add the seasoned tuna and gently toss.  Enjoy at room temperature.  Garden fresh tomatoes in an end-of-summer meal salad:   simply delicious!




3 thoughts on “Mediterranean Bow Tie Pasta and Grilled Tuna Dinner Salad

  1. Never had this kind of farfalle pasta before, sure i’m gonna check it on amazone…
    i love the way you prepare protein, veggies and carbs in one dish,
    btw, i had a question for you, i had a periodontitis apicalis patient with class 1 mobility , i’ve done several canal treatment with CaOH, the canal is sterile and filled with gutapercha, the teeth 31 teeth then splinted with direct composite, the 6 months follow up clinical appearance is good and asymptomatic, already did root planning but the alveolar bone didn’t change much from the Rx,should i refer the patient to periodontist ???

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