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Garden Bow Tie Salad

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.
  • Makes
    24 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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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  • MargeD24
    Jul 26, 2018

    Once again, great recipe but a loser on the new format since it takes two pages to print. Really???

  • mamamarie
    May 27, 2015

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

  • klandrews84
    Apr 20, 2015

    Made for a birthday party. People liked it!

  • irenethebean
    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
    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
    Aug 23, 2014

    Please make your recipes pinable!

  • carolanne1210
    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
    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!!

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    Aug 15, 2014


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    Jul 2, 2013

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