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Broccoli Bow Tie Pasta Dish

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with broccoli and peppers displayed on a dark plate

You can make this Pasta Dish recipe a day or two ahead and store it in the refrigerator, so it’s perfect for taking to summer soirees and pot luck dinners. Make-ahead for a Thanksgiving side dish too for some pretty delicious colors on the table.

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Here is your next Meatless Monday meal! That being said, you can toss in some grilled chicken if you like or tuna. Make this Pasta Dish into a meal your family will love and request.

It’s a good meal for adding fresh veggies to the menu!

See our SOUPS, SALADS & SANDWICHES Page for more Recipes using fresh vegetables.


Bow Tie pasta is also known as Farfalle makes this pasta dish attractive and fun to eat. Don’t you think the Bowties are more fun than just plain old elbow macaroni? Of course, if you are in a pinch and elbow is all you have on hand, use it!


Lemon slices resting on a pink salt block

The secret ingredient here is the addition of salt-cured lemons to this recipe which really gives it some extra pop of flavor. Of course, the lemons are optional but trust me on this, you will want to add the salt-cured lemons! Salt-cured lemons are super easy to make using Himalayan Salt Blocks.

Do Not add extra salt to the salad without tasting first! The briny cured lemons are plenty intense on their own.

Broccoli & Bow Tie Pasta Dish


  • Fresh broccoli
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Lemons
  • Bow Tie Pasta
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
Broccoli Bowtie Pasta dish served in a dark blue dish


Make this recipe tailored to your family’s favorite ingredients. Here are a few variations you can add:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Tuna
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Pine Nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Carrots


This Bowtie Pasta Dish is ready in under 30 minutes y’all. It’s a quick and easy meal, a delicious side dish, and even better a healthier lunch than sandwiches!

Make this for lunch and proportion it in plastic containers with lids to make taking it to work with you easy. Store in the refrigerator until lunchtime.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with broccoli and peppers displayed on a dark plate

Broccoli & Bow Tie Pasta with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Broccoli and Bow Tie Pasta Dish with Homemade Lemon Garlic Dressing. This lighter dish is good for a lunch salad, side dish and even for pot luck dinners. Can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated.


  • SALAD:
  • 1 cup Bow-Tie Pasta aka Farfalle cooked according to package directions
  • 1 head broccoli, florets only, stems removed
  • 1 red bell pepper, core removed and cut into thin slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, core removed and cut into thin slices
  • 4 sliced preserved, salt-cured lemon, finely chopped including rinds, OPTIONAL (see article for directions)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries [optional]
  • 1 cup traditional Greek yogurt (full fat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp. high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest
  • salt and black pepper, to taste



In a glass bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon
juice, and zest with a fork or whisk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Set the dressing aside or refrigerate while you make the salad.


Place broccoli florets into a microwave safe bowl with 1 Tbsp.
water, cover and microwave until slightly tender, about 4 or 5 minutes.
Microwave times vary, so check after 3 minutes and adjust time accordingly.

Set cooked broccoli aside to cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, steamed broccoli, red
and yellow pepper, cured lemon and cranberries. Toss to mix well.

Drizzle with your desired amount of yogurt dressing and toss again until thoroughly combined and serve.

Can be refrigerated up to two days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 2 oz.
Amount Per Serving Calories 280Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 3mgSodium 789mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 6gSugar 13gProtein 12g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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