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Overhead View of Pasta Salad In Bowl With Spoon Next To Large Bowl of Pasta Salad and Parsley

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Bow tie pasta salad is a summertime classic. Not only is it super simple to throw together, but it can be made in advance for get-togethers and picnics. It’s also refreshing, flavorful and chocked full of juicy tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, spicy pepperonis, crunchy onions and a tangy, zesty Italian dressing.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cool Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 221 kcal


  • 1 lb uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 16 fl oz zesty italian dressing
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 5 oz mini pepperonis
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Cook pasta according to the package directions in a pot of heavily salted, boiling water.
  • While the pasta cooks, dice the red onion, chop the cucumber and cut the cherry tomatoes. Set aside.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • While the pasta is still hot, add the Italian dressing. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, add the rest of the ingredients and toss together.
  • Allow to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight for best results.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Bow Tie Pasta Salad, Pasta Salad, Easy Side Dish, Summer Side Dish