Balsamic Bow Tie Pasta Salad

June 28, 2017

This Balsamic Bow Tie Pasta Salad will be your new go-to recipe for summer barbecues and family gatherings! It’s full of fresh flavor and so easy to make!

My family loves when I make my Italian pasta salad! I have made it so many times over the course of the last few years because it’s requested at all of our gatherings!  And even though it’s a must-make for family functions, it’s definitely not my personal favorite. Maybe it’s just because I’ve made it so much that I don’t even want to eat it anymore.  Sure, it tastes good.  It has a great amount of flavor and zing.  I’m just over it.

Macaroni salads and potato salads are all good, too.  I just prefer something a little lighter during the summer. So on Monday, I made a batch of one of my favorite pasta salads to have during the week for lunch and dinner. If you’re a big fan of balsamic vinegar, you’ll love this pasta salad as much as I do!  

There’s nothing heavy about this salad either! It’s perfect for barbecues or just when you need an easy side dish for dinner. It’s light and refreshing and full of fresh flavor!  What I love most about it is that I’ll soon be able to make it with grape tomatoes from our garden!  

This salad is made with bow tie pasta, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, and fresh mozzarella balls.  Then, it’s dressed with a simple balsamic and lemon juice dressing.  Garnish it with fresh basil and serve!  Let the pasta soak up all of that balsamic goodness for a few hours (or overnight) before serving!


Balsamic Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls, halved
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • Zest of one small lemon
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as directed. Once al dente, drain and rinse with cold water. Allow to cool completely and then pour pasta into a large bowl.
  2. Mix in chopped red onion, tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, and fresh basil.
  3. Zest in one small lemon.
  4. In a small bowl, stir balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice together.
  5. Pour over pasta salad and stir to combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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If you’re sick of eating the same cold summer salads at your gatherings, consider making this Balsamic Bow Tie Pasta Salad instead!  Add grilled chicken to make it a perfect summer meal!

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17 Comments

  • Reply beautychaos July 2, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    This recipe is awesome – it has all of my favorite things! Thanks for posting – can’t wait to try.

    • Reply Jessica July 3, 2017 at 5:53 PM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply sizzlesue15 July 6, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    I love pasta and balsamic so a great combo for me. Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at #Overthemoon. I have shared on social media. Have a great week and see you at next week’s link up! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty & Beyond
    http://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 8:59 PM

      This definitely sounds like a winning dish for you! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Hil D (@Raisingfairies) July 7, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    This looks so yummy! I love healthy summer salads!

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight:
    http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/bloggers-spotlight-71/

    • Reply Jessica July 8, 2017 at 8:20 AM

      Thank you! I’m all about salads in the summer, too!

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  • Reply Miz Helen July 8, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    I love the Balsamic with your Bow Tie Pasta. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica July 8, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply Alison's Allspice July 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    I love balsamic, I’m definitely going to try your recipe! I’ll enjoy it as a light lunch, pinned!

    • Reply Jessica July 8, 2017 at 3:04 PM

      Thanks so much for pinning! This salad makes a delicious light lunch! I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Reply Miz Helen July 13, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica July 13, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      Thanks so much for the feature! I appreciate it! 🙂

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