Bowtie Pasta Salad

Our husbands’ aunt makes the salad often for large family gatherings. It’s delicious. It goes well with all kinds of meals, but it’s best with summer fare – burgers, brats, anything off the grill, watermelon wedges, and corn on the cob. Try it – it may just become your favorite summertime salad!


What you need:

Bowtie Pasta Salad

Bowtie Pasta Salad


For the pasta salad:

  • 1 lb. bowtie pasta
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 T. dill mix (Pampered Chef All-Purpose Dill Mix, or see homemade recipe below)
  • slaw dressing (T’Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing, or see homemade recipe below)

For the dill mix:

  • 4 T. dill
  • 2 T. garlic powder
  • 2 T. minced onion
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1/2 t. pepper

For the slaw dressing:

  • 2 c. mayonnaise
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. vinegar
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large bowl
  • large stockpot and colander
  • spatula

Time: Twenty minutes, plus 2 hours chilling time.

Freezeable: No.

Serves: 8-12.

Multiplying the recipe: Yes, if you’ve a large enough bowl!

Bowtie Pasta Salad:

To make the pasta salad: Cook pasta as directed on box. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Add remaining ingredients (only about half of the slaw dressing!) and mix well. Add more dressing as needed. Chill for 2 hours before serving, then stir and check whether more dressing is needed.

To make the optional dill mix: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine. Store in an airtight container.

To make the optional slaw dressing: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Bowtie Pasta Salad

Bowtie Pasta Salad


About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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