Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad

Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad is made with pasta and fresh vegetables. Serve this pasta salad at your next summer BBQ for a cool and refreshing side dish that is sure to please.

A clear glass bowl filled with Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad.

Greek salad is one of our family’s favourite salads, especially in the summer when the vegetables are at their freshest. This pasta salad combines the ingredients of a Greek salad with pasta and a few other ingredients to make it a perfect side dish for your next BBQ.

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What Ingredients Are Needed For Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad?

This recipe is pretty simple and takes only eight ingredients to make it.

  • Bow Tie Pasta. Farfalle is the actual name of the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente and allow to cool to room temperature before making the salad.
  • Tomatoes. We like to use plum tomatoes, but sometimes we will use cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half.
  • Cucumbers. For this recipe we only use English cucumbers because they keep their shape better than field cucumbers.
  • Olives. Our go-to is black olives, but sometimes we use green or a combination of the two.
  • Oregano. Fresh or dried oregano can be used in this dish. When using fresh, we like to chop it very fine.
  • Lemons. The zest and juice of a lemon are used in the recipe.
  • Feta cheese. There are different kinds of feta. We like to use a traditional feta made from sheep’s milk. But there is also Canadian made feta which is made from pasturized cow’s milk, and it will work in this recipe as well.
  • Greek Salad Dressing. It can be store-bought or homemade.

Can Other Types Of Pasta Be Used In This Recipe?

Yes. Any shaped pasta can be used. We like the bow tie shapes but have used fusilli. Tri-coloured fusilli is also a good choice to add more colour.

Tip For Making Pasta Salad

For best results, cook the pasta al dente and rinse with cool water after draining. Let the pasta come to room temperature before making the salad. Using hot pasta may cook the vegetables and it will absorb the dressing.

How To Serve Pasta Salad

When serving pasta salad it should be served cold. For backyard BBQs, we like to make sure the tables are set up in a shady spot so the sun is not “cooking” the food on the table.

Sometimes we like to put the salad on ice if it is really hot outside. The salad can be placed in aluminum pans with dome lids.  We fill the lids with ice and place the pan of salad on top to keep it cold longer.

Storing Leftover Bow Tie Salad

Any leftover salad should be refrigerated immediately. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If the salad has been sitting out in the heat for longer than 1 hour, or in the direct sun, it may need to be discarded to avoid foodborne illnesses.

A clear glass bowl filled with Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad.

Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad

Stacy
Mediterranean Bow Tie Salad is made with pasta and fresh vegetables and makes a great side dish for your next BBQ.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bow tie pasta (454 g), cooked and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 200 grams feta cheese, crumbled
  • 400 ml Greek Salad dressing

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the cooked pasta, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives.
  • Add the oregano, lemon juice and zest, crumbled feta and salad dressing.
  • Stir gently to combine all ingredients.
  • Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Serve cold.

Notes

For best results, cook the pasta al dente and rinse with cool water after draining. Let the pasta come to room temperature before making the salad. Using hot pasta may cook the vegetables and it will absorb the dressing too much.
Keyword pasta salad

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