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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Garden Bow Tie Salad

The new Taste of Home magazine came in one day last week and this recipe jumped out at me and I had to try it. It is a perfect pasta salad for those summer picnics because it doesn't use mayo.
It is chocked full of good veggies.
Wash and do not dry one cucumber, yellow summer squash, zucchini, red and green bell pepper.
Chop those up into small bite size pieces.
Add 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, cauliflower pieces, and chopped red onion.  Toss to mix.
Sprinkle the veggies with 2 packets of Italian salad dressing mix.  Toss to coat.  Cover and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
Cook 4 1/2 cup bow tie pasta according to package directions.
Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Add the veggies to the pasta.  Mix well.
Mix 1/4 cup olive oil.
Add 1/4 red wine vinegar to the olive oil.
Salt and pepper it
Mix the dressing well.
Drizzle over the top and mix well.
Toss the salad well to mix.
Serve.  Keep leftovers in the fridge.

Garden Bow Tie Salad Recipe

1 medium cucumber
1 medium yellow summer squash
1 medium zucchini
1 medium sweet red pepper
1 medium green pepper
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
3 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 small red onion finely chopped
2 pkg Italian salad dressing mix
1/4 cup olive oil
1.4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper


  1. Do the veggies soften up any or stay crunchy?

  2. They stay crunchy. You don't cook them. It's really very good.