Lemon Bowtie Pasta Salad | STACIE RAYE

Lemon Bowtie Pasta Salad


Summertime is almost here y'all! I'm so mad that we basically skipped spring and went straight to summer but hey, I'm ready for my fresh fruits and summer salads.






As the seasons change and the weather starts getting warmer, I like to switch over my foods and prepare meals that don't require a hot stove. One of my go-to summer dishes is a pasta salad.


I make so many of them. Tuna salad, chicken salad, Italian pasta salad, pretty much anything made with cold pasta. But lately, I've been craving a new salad that I was inspired to make when the
Macy's Downtown Minneapolis Marketplace closed.


Macy's Marketplace had the best pasta salad selection and whenever I headed downtown Minneapolis, I always visited the market. One of my favorite salads they prepared was a Lemon Orzo pasta salad. I decided to make my own version at home.


Instead of orzo noodles, I use bowtie noodles and tweaked the salad to my liking. This pasta salad is
perfect for family reunions, cookouts and summer BBQs. Here's how you can make this easy summertime meal yourself











Lemon Bowtie Pasta Salad







Ingredients:


1 pkg.Bowtie pasta noodles
1 Cucumber chopped
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
1 pkg. Fresh Basil leaves
1 small can Black Olive slices
salt and pepper to taste


For dressing:

1 Lemon - juiced
1/2 to 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Add black olives, cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and cooled pasta in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. In a smaller bowl, juice of lemon and olive oil. Pour over pasta salad and toss to cover. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Refrigerate until ready to serve.





Adding freshly ground salt and ground pepper really bring out the flavors of this lemon pasta salad. Enjoy!




Will you be making pasta salad this summer?




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22 comments

  1. I love bow tie pasta salad. I've never made it with lemon so definitely giving this a try.

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  2. This looks and sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it.

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  3. This is a great recipe, thanks for sharing! It's perfect for the summer.

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  4. This looks amazing and I think my toddler might actually eat it! And I love that it has cucumbers in it.

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  5. As soon as I saw the olives and cherry tomatoes, I knew I had to have it. It looks so good and light. A perfect meal for hot days.

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  6. I love bow pasta! This looks so good. I will try to make this soon.

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  7. I’m so making this, I love pasta salad. I make it all the time but I’ve never had it with lemon. Bow tie noodles have been my favorite since I was a kid.

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    1. Be sure to tell me how it turns out!

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  8. This looks and sounds delicious. Absolutely perfect for the summer.

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  9. This looks so good! I definitely need to try this recipe!

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  10. This looks absolutely delish! Salads are perfect for the summer as it’s too hot to even think about cooking for real.

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  11. Looks good and simple to make. Thanks for not putting meat in it as I am now pescatarian.

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    1. My family wants meat in it but not me.

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