Saturday, September 6, 2014

Garden Bow Tie Salad

Always on the lookout for new salad recipes, I tried this one out last month. I like how it uses a variety of fresh veggies: cucumber, summer squash, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. I picked some of those veggies from our garden a few weeks ago, and made this salad the day before we left for a little getaway celebrating our anniversary. I actually took a few homemade salads along, and picked up some deli chicken, too - a special meal while staying at a camping cabin together!

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Garden Bow Tie Salad

Course: Salad
Prep Time: 30 Min
Cook Time: 10 Min
Total Time: 40 Min
Serves: 24


  • 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.
  3. Yield: 24 servings (3/4 cup each).

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  1. I appreciate this Cherry, as I tend to get stuck in a rut with my salad. I'm thinking I could add a bit of chopped latest healthy new food as it is a good price & lasts a long time in my fridge. I have pasta in my pantry & should use it. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    1. Cynthia, have fun with the salad, and also adding kale!