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Garden Bow Tie Salad Recipe

Garden Bow Tie Salad Recipe

Originally a vegetable dish, I added pasta to this salad for family gatherings and church potlucks. Try adding sliced mushrooms and diced tomatoes before serving. —Barbara Burks, Huntsville, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 packages Italian salad dressing mix
  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Wash the first five ingredients but do not dry; chop and transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining vegetables. Sprinkle with dry dressing mix; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water. Add to vegetable mixture. In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. Add to salad; toss to coat. Yield: 24 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 89 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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mamamarie User ID: 568814 227044
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"This was very good. I used olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Did not use italian salad dressing mix."

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 225134
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Made for a birthday party. People liked it!"

irenethebean User ID: 1111838 124173
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Things to notice about his is 24 servings and it requires many hours of refrigeration. The flavor of this salad was good. I wonder how each Italian dressing brand differs one to another. My two little boys even ate it without a protest. We left out the green bell pepper. My husband and I were wanting some fat in it though like some feta or cubed cheese or olives. I will probably make this again as it was one healthy side dish!"

Texas Nana1940 User ID: 1556264 194147
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"The recipe sounds question though and maybe I overlooked the answer. When do you add the other 3 vegetables? I have made pasta salads before, but the method is different."

DJacobsen User ID: 7944909 116063
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Please make your recipes pinable!"

carolanne1210 User ID: 3617870 177206
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! I used garlic and herb dressing mix, and added salami, mushrooms and fresh diced tomatoes. This disappeared in a big hurry!"

Chese63 User ID: 1204317 114602
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"This is a great recipe. You can add or subtract ingredients to suit your taste. I use zesty Italian dressing to speed things up. I've also added ham and mini pepperoni occasionally. It never sits for very long, my husband devours it!!"

mscjtroy User ID: 5385144 116060
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014


CHBella User ID: 7223581 182627
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"This is great and easy. I used spring onions instead of red because that is what I had on hand. I also added mushrooms. I think it would be great with grilled chicken for a light meal."

cctp1016 User ID: 1672997 212233
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I don't normally like pasta salad, but I even I enjoyed this!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 194163
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"Okay, folks, this is a real winner. Absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. I made the veggie part and put in the fridge overnight and finished with the pasta and dressing the next day. Thumbs up and five stars for this little gem. It is definitely going to a pot luck with me."

bmaurer55 User ID: 1394652 193112
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"This salad is so good!!!"

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