Bow-Tie Cowboy Pasta Salad


This cowboy salad is a tasty mix of fresh veggies, bow-tie pasta, and a delectable ranch sauce that your family will gobble up as quickly as mine did!

pasta salad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow-tie pasta (such as Barilla®)

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (Optional)

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1 cup creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip®)

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley®)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt

  • 1 (16 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ cup bacon bits

  • cup diced red onion

  • cup chopped green onion


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

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add peas; cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

  3. While pasta cooks, mix salad dressing, milk, ranch mix, and garlic salt together in a large bowl until smooth. Add mushrooms, broccoli, 1/2 the Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, red onion, green onion, and cooled peas. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate salad until pasta is done.

  4. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Mix thoroughly into the salad. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to cook the frozen peas any way you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
14g Fat
42g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 1116mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 250mg 5%

* 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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