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Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

This Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Salad recipe is everything you want in a summer side dish! Tender pasta is tossed with a creamy homemade dressing, then mixed with ham, cheese, peas, onions, and bell peppers. The pops of color - and flavor - are hard to resist!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: farfalle pasta, pasta salad, potluck ideas
Servings: 8
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons relish (sweet or dill)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese diced
  • 1 cup fully-cooked ham diced
  • 1/2 small white or sweet onion peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper seeded and finely diced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Cover and refrigerate while you move on to the next steps.
  • Boil the pasta according to the package directions, just until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together all of the ingredients with the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 1mg