Bowtie Italian Pasta Salad in Jars consists of Farfalle pasta, salami, cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, Mozzarella cheese, and homemade Italian dressing!

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Eat the rainbow on a picnic! Enjoy these colorful veggies, tossed together with bowtie pasta, salami, olives, cheese and Italian dressing, for the ultimate Italian bowtie pasta!

Bowtie Italian Pasta Salad in Jars

Serve in jars! And here are more ideas for The Big Board.

And the dessert on this tray? Strawberries Dipped in Sour Cream and Dark Brown Sugar!

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Better yet, plan a picnic with friends, and serve this pasta salad in canning jars!

Make ahead, keep cold in the fridge, and serve! This Greek Pasta Salad recipe would be delicious (with chicken), too! Or, have you tried Pizza Pasta Salad?

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How to plan a summer picnic

Friends, plan a picnic and make ahead Bowtie Italian Pasta Salad in Jars! It’s such a fun way to eat together, where everyone has their own individual serving.

Bring along a blanket, napkins, drinks, forks, pasta salad jars, and maybe a baguette with butter?

Don’t forget these easy desserts, if you love brownies like we do. We love this Almond Flour Chocolate Brownies recipe (from scratch), and it’s gluten free, too!

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Get away in nature

Getting away means finding a place where you can connect with nature, and enjoy each other!

Our friends recently came to visit, and we took them on a lake tour in our area, rode bikes, went on walks, and on a jaunt up to the Fall River.

Even in the cooler weather, we love the outdoors so much. You may have followed our Sprinter van conversion last year, or you can catch up and read all about it.

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What is bowtie pasta made of?

Farfalle is an Italian pasta shaped like a bow tie, with either straight or frilly edges.

It’s made from a dough of semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and eggs.

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Grab the info to this tray, in this Best Charcuterie Boards to Buy, post.

beautiful oval tray with 4 canning jars filled with bowtie pasta salad, with fresh strawberries

Ingredients for Bowtie Pasta Salad

Veggies, Italian dressing and mozzarella cheese are combined with pasta in this simple to make pasta salad.

  • Bowtie pasta
  • Salami
  • Green bell pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • Kalamata olives
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Radicchio
  • Arugula

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What is bow-shaped pasta called?

Farˈfalle (or Farfalle) is a pasta/noodle commonly known as butterfly pasta, or bow-tie pasta. The name is derived from the Italian word farfalle (butterflies).

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How do you boil bowtie pasta?

  1. Follow package directions, but we usually cook our pasta 1 minute less than recommended. We love serving al dente pasta (a little undercooked).
  2. Bring 4 – 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, adding salt to taste.
  3. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently.
  4. Return to a boil. For authentic “al dente” pasta, boil uncovered, stirring occasionally for around 11 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Cool and add salad ingredients!

Pack the jars with about 1/3 cup of arugula and then pasta salad.

Chill and serve!

Happy picnicking!

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Bowtie Italian Pasta Salad


Pasta Salad:

  • 12 oz bowtie pasta
  • 6-8 oz of salami, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 c basil, cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade)
  • 1/2 c kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2/3 c mozzarella balls, quartered
  • 1/2 head small radicchio, finely chopped
  • 4 c arugula


  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Italian oregano
  • 2 clove garlic, grated
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 Tbsp sugar


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions—aim to have the texture slightly undercooked.
  • Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients and set aside. This can also be made a day in advance. Taste for salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, bell pepper, basil, cherry tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, salami, and radicchio. Pour over the dressing and stir once more to combine.
  • Return pasta salad to refrigerator and chill until ready to serve.
  • For picnic salad in jars, fill the jars with about 1/3 cup of arugula, pasta salad, and then seal with the lid. Chill until ready to serve.
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