If you read my blog frequently, then you know that we are big Doctor Who fans. Pretty regularly, we've had a fellow Whovian join us for dinner and Sci-Fi on Saturday nights. The first time we did this, I wanted very much to make something that was somehow related to Doctor Who. What I found was this delightful recipe for a bow tie pasta salad. Yes! I know! Bow ties for watching the Doctor, it really did seem brilliant. And the salad was really good, to boot. I made it once with bacon as the meat, and once with chicken. While I generally prefer chicken in things, I think the bacon pulled the flavors together better.
My husband loves spicy foods. He's always asking for chicken wing pizza, fajitas, and chili. Now that the temperature is rising, though, I like to keep the heat out of the kitchen as much as possible. On top of that, I get lots of requests for salads whenever weigh-ins are coming up. So this salad is what usually gets the job done! The meat is grilled outside (and not in my kitchen), there's lots of spicy flavor, and it's much less greasy than pizza.