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Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad

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Colorful veggies are tossed with bowtie pasta, Genoa salami, Parmesan cheese and a super simple Italian dressing for the ultimate Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad! This pasta salad calls for simple ingredients, takes little time to whip up and absolutely delicious!
Course Salads
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword barbecue, homemade dressing, pasta, salad, side dish, vegetable
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 3 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 243
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced fine
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoon olive oil


  • 12 ounces bowtie pasta
  • sea salt
  • cups cherry tomato halves I eyeball it
  • 1 small broccoli crown cut into florets (tough stems discarded or composted)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper 1 cup total
  • 1/2 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 4 ounces genoa salami cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Parmesan cheese plus more for serving



  • In a glass jar or container with a tight-fitting lid; grate in garlic and measure Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. (I use around 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, but you can add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and taste as you go!)
  • Secure the lid and vigorously shake to combine. You will need to shake again before using.


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, stir in 1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt and add in the dry pasta. Follow the package directions and cook accordingly to al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked (drained and cooled) pasta, tomato halves, broccoli florets, diced peppers and cubed salami. Toss quickly to combine before pouring in half of dressing and 1/3 cup of crumbled Parmesan cheese. (I cut of small pieces of Parmesan and add them to my mini food processor and pulse until ground into small crumbles)
  • Taste test for salt, adding more if needed. Then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Right before serving; I pour in the remaining Italian vinaigrette, a few turns of fresh black pepper and sprinkle about 1 to 2 more tablespoons of crumbled Parmesan over top.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg