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This easy bow tie pasta salad recipe is quick and pleases everyone! It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics or as a side dish to any weeknight meal.

A quick and easy recipe that is budget-friendly and takes less than 20 minutes to make that the entire family will love!

pasta salad in a white dish

Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

In my family, we are all pasta lovers. From Lasagna to Meatball Stroganoff, we love all things pasta! And with a family of 5, it can be difficult to find something that everyone will like. This recipe has a little something for everyone and has earned its place on our picnic table!

(Want something a little lighter? Try my Spaghetti Salad!)

ingredients needed for pasta salad in a bowl

Ingredients

For the salad, you’ll need:

  • bow tie pasta – you can use any kind of noodle for this recipe, but bow tie is a little more fun 🙂
  • cheddar cheese – cubed. Trust me. These are little bites of heaven.
  • cooked ham – you can use leftover ham from Easter or buy a ham steak from the store.
  • purple onion – dice it up!
  • frozen peas – easy and a little bite of flavor!

For the dressing, you’ll need:

  • mayonnaise
  • sweet relish 
  • granulated sugar
  • white vinegar
  • salt
  • black pepper

How To Make Bow Tie Pasta

Step 1: Cook your pasta.

Boil the pasta according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain.

Step 2: Make your dressing.

While your pasta is cooking, mix all of your dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.

Step 3: Assemble your ingredients.

Combine your cooked noodles, dressing and salad ingredients in a bowl and toss to mix.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy! 

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

pasta salad in a bowl

Tips and Variations

What can I add to pasta salad?

Change up this recipe with your favorite meats and cheeses. Pepperoni and mozzarella. Feta and ham. Gouda and salami. Whatever you like!

How do I store pasta salad?

This salad can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freeze for up to 3 months.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

This easy bow tie pasta salad recipe is quick and pleases everyone! It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics or as a side dish to any weeknight meal.
3 from 2 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients  

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sweet relish
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Salad

  • 1 lb bow tie pasta
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese diced
  • 1 cup fully-cooked ham diced
  • 1/2 small purple onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed

Instructions 

Directions

  • Boil the pasta according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain.
  • Boil the pasta according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together all of the ingredients with the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
Keyword: pasta, pasta salad
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. 4 stars
    This is a quick, easy recipe. I had leftover bow tie pasta to use, and this looked liked an easy recipe. Substituted peppers for the peas.

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      I love that this recipe is so easily adaptable to what you have on hand!

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