Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

Aug 28, 2015

Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

This five ingredient zesty Italian tomato and cucumber bowtie pasta salad is super easy and great for lunch, BBQ's, potlucks and picnics! A crowd pleasing family favorite recipe!


Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad


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This post was revised, photographed and updated 5/2021.


With school back in session, we've been trying to come up with some creative school lunch ideas! 

This Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad happens to be my daughter's favorite, so we sent it in her lunch box for school last week. 

It's quick to make, fresh and delicious! She's not much of a meat eater, so the majority of her lunches are packed full of veggies. 

Her usual is a lettuce salad with hard boiled egg whites, tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette. We got these cute little salad dressing squeeze bottles from Amazon. They're so perfect for the lunch box. 

We also love making this salad for BBQ's, or picnics! 

It's always a hit and it's easy to double or triple the batch for larger groups! We've been using our garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, which makes it even better. 

Don't you love going to the farmer's market or walking outside to pick your own veggies this time of year?


Keep scrolling for tips, process photos, additional summer pasta salad recipes and more! 

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What are the ingredients in this recipe?


  • bowtie pasta
  • cucumbers
  • Campari tomatoes
  • zesty Italian dressing
  • freshly cracked black pepper


Recipe tips:


  • If you choose to refrigerate before serving, you may need to add additional dressing when serving.
  • If you don't have garden fresh cucumbers, English cucumbers are a wonderful substitute. The flavor is the closest you can get to garden fresh, and you can peel or serve with the skin on. We purchase them at Sam's Club.
  • Homemade Italian dressing is a great substitute if you have the extra time to make your own. We use Kraft Zesty Italian.
  • If Campari tomatoes aren't available in your grocery store, grape or cherry tomatoes are the perfect substitute.


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This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions 
  • Rinse with cold water and drain
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately


Full recipe below


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Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad

Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bowtie pasta
  • 1 cup peeled and diced cucumbers
  • 4 campari tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing (increase to 3/4 cup if needed)
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • garlic salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. 
  2. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  4. Start with 1/2 cup Italian dressing, and add more as needed. 
  5. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately.

Notes:

If you choose to refrigerate before serving, you may need to add additional dressing when serving.


If you don't have garden fresh cucumbers, English cucumbers are a wonderful substitute.


Homemade Italian dressing is a great substitute if you have the extra time to make your own. We use Kraft Zesty Italian.


If Campari tomatoes aren't available in your grocery store, use grape or cherry tomatoes instead.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

114.38

Fat (grams)

4.56

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.66

Carbs (grams)

15.80

Fiber (grams)

1.13

Net carbs

14.67

Sugar (grams)

3.18

Protein (grams)

2.63

Sodium (milligrams)

262.51

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

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8 comments:

  1. I love the simplicity of this salad! Something easy to throw together and portion into containers ahead of time for lunches.

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  2. This is a tasty looking light lunch. Cucumbers add a nice texture!

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  3. This looks really delish, Sheena! What a great idea for a school lunch!!

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  4. I am a huge fan of Italian tomato and cucumbers salads! Love that you added pasta. Looks delicious! :)

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  5. yummy! I love campari tomatoes! And cucumber - will definitely make this for my kids!

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  6. That salad looks so delightful! I love the idea of packing it for lunch! It would be a perfect side dish for stashing in my cooler every day for work. It would be great for picnics too. Perfect for Labor Day weekend BBQs!!

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  7. Looks yummy, we always love pasta salads like this for potlucks!

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