Bow-Tie Pasta Salad


My aunt and mom created this recipe. It is a family favorite and a great item to bring to picnics and potlucks.

close up view of Bow-Tie Pasta Salad with tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and lettuce on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow-tie pasta (farfalle)

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag broccoli florets

  • 1 (10 ounce) basket cherry or grape tomatoes

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip®)

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the bow-tie pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.

  2. Quickly rinse the cooked pasta in cold water to stop it from continuing to cook; drain.

  3. Mix the cooled pasta, broccoli, tomatoes, sliced green onions, celery, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper in a large bowl.

  4. Gently stir the salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, sugar, basil, and salt in a bowl until evenly mixed.

  5. Pour the salad dressing mixture over the pasta mixture; gently toss to coat evenly.

  6. Refrigerate 3 hours to overnight before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
12g Fat
44g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 272mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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