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Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe (Vegetarian)

This Italian bowtie pasta salad recipe is a great make ahead side dish, and loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, greens, and a bright fresh dressing. My family recipe for Italian Dressing is below- but this pasta salad is great with bottled salad dressing too, if you’re short on time.

This hearty pasta salad is packed with vegetables and great for an appetizer, a light lunch, or a side dish with anything off the grill. This is one crowd pleaser farfalle pasta salad that everyone will want seconds of!

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There’s nothing better than a big batch of homemade bowtie pasta salad for a cookout and BBQ! Whether I’m hosting or heading over to a friend’s place, I always try to make something that I can cook ahead of time. That way I get myself ready day-of, and grab the dish on my way out the door.

This pasta salad takes about 20 minutes to make, and is so much more impressive than a store-bought salad. You can make your own dressing if you’re fancy (it just takes 5 minutes), or use a bottled Italian dressing. Either way, this is a simple fresh pasta salad everyone will want to dig into.

This Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Crunchy
  • Tangy
  • Vibrant
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Colorful
  • Vegetarian, and gluten free by using GF pasta
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A Great Make-Ahead Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This Italian bowtie pasta salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event.

If I make this ahead of time, I toss the pasta salad with a little extra dressing before serving for extra flavor. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love! Check out my other make ahead meals too.

What’s In This Italian Farfalle Pasta Salad Recipe?

I get fresh produce from my garden and from Misfits Market– they sell fantastic fruit, vegetables, & pantry staples at a discounted price. We get Misfit boxes every other week and love picking out favorite produce for delivery. Get $10 off your first box here!

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How Do I Make this Farfalle Pasta Salad?

  1. Boil a large pot of water, and cook bowtie pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Place drained cooled noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Dice the bell peppers and tomatoes, put in the spinach, and halve the olives.  Add the veggies to the bowl with the pasta.  
  3. Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar, and shake well to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies, and toss well to coat. Taste, and season with Salt and Pepper if needed! Add shredded parmesan cheese on top.
  5. For leftovers – I like to take a quart sized mason jar, fill half with pasta salad, and half with fresh spinach and enjoy for a quick and easy lunch!

Make Bowtie Pasta Salad Vegetarian for a Plant-Based Version

This vegetarian Italian bowtie pasta salad is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegetarian cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. 

By building meals around vegetarian pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegetarian recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and quick recipes are fantastic meatless meals for your table.

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More Easy Side Dishes To Serve with Pasta Salad

 

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Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad

Kelly Jensen
This Italian bowtie pasta salad recipe is a great make ahead side dish, and loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, greens, and a bright fresh dressing. My family recipe for Italian Dressing is below- but this pasta salad is great with bottled salad dressing too, if you’re short on time.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 249 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta Salad

For the Zesty Italian Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of water, and cook bowtie pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Place drained cooled noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  • Dice the bell peppers and tomatoes, put in the spinach, and halve the olives.  Add the veggies to the bowl with the pasta.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar, and shake well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies, and toss well to coat. Taste, and season with Salt and Pepper if needed! Add shredded parmesan cheese on top.
  • For leftovers – I like to take a quart sized mason jar, fill half with pasta salad, and half with fresh spinach and enjoy for a quick and easy lunch!

Notes

Save Money on Organic Produce!

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first box by clicking here! 
If you think organic produce is too expensive… think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1110IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 1mg
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