Once you’ve tasted this bowtie pasta salad you won’t be able to imagine life without it! I am a pasta salad fanatic and it’s my favorite pasta salad recipe!
I grew up on this bowtie pasta salad. It is UNBELIEVABLE. Definitely my favorite pasta salad recipe of. all. time. I literally could live off of it (oh husband, couldn’t we eat this every day??) This pasta is light, but filling. A salad that is easy, but tastes gormet. It’s unique and boy is it a crowd pleaser! Basically, I think it’s pretty good. When I was taking pictures to blog this recipe my hubby said “haven’t you already blogged this pasta salad recipe like ten times?” Which illustrates how often I make this pasta salad and also how quickly it disappears!
The recipe comes from mine and Sarah’s bff Abigail’s amazing mother Tami. Dear Tami, you should start a blog. Talk about a great cook! Anyway, Tami is one of the Vinegar ladies (you can buy their cookbook here) they teach you to make homemade vinegars (which I do now and I love). I swear vinegar makes any food yummier. However, I know most of you won’t have the homemade vinegar this recipe calls for so I have adapted it just a little so I could share it with you guys today! Don’t worry, this version is still super delicious!
Even looking at this bowl of ingredients is making my stomach growl! Best bow tie pasta salad is not an exaggeration! S0, are you ready for the recipe?
Once you've tasted this bowtie pasta salad you won't be able to imagine life without it! I am a pasta salad fanatic and it's my favorite pasta salad recipe!
- 16 oz bag bow tie pasta cooked and drained
- 8 oz bag frozen peas thawed
- 15 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 15 oz can black olives drained
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup real bacon bits
- 1 cup Newman's Own Caesar Dressing
Cook and drain pasta, while in strainer rinse pasta with cool water. Dump drained pasta into a large bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and toss gently, adding your dressing last. You might want to reserve a little extra dressing, start with less than one cup and add it to taste depending on how you like your salad dressed!
Finally, if you are going to a big party you might want to double the recipe because people devour this bow tie pasta salad yumminess! Consequently, I love when I make it for just my little family because I know I will have leftovers for lunch the next day, mmm.
What’s your favorite pasta salad?? Let me know in the comments if you have one!