Recipe: Poolside Kids’ Bow Tie Pasta Salad


  • 2 cups bow tie pasta, cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup salami, diced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare Pasta:
    • Cook the bow tie pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
    • Allow the pasta to cool completely.
  2. Chop and Prepare Vegetables:
    • Dice the cucumber, purple onion, salami, and yellow pepper.
    • Halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the black olives.
    • Finely chop the celery.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled bow tie pasta with all the chopped vegetables, salami, and black olives.
  4. Add Parmesan Cheese:
    • Sprinkle the fresh shredded Parmesan cheese over the pasta and vegetables.
  5. Prepare Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
  6. Toss and Coat:
    • Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables.
    • Gently toss the salad until all ingredients are well coated with the dressing.
  7. Chill:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  8. Serve Poolside:
    • Before serving, give the salad a final toss.
    • Serve in individual bowls or on plates for the kids to enjoy by the pool.

Note: Feel free to customize the recipe based on the kids’ preferences. You can add more veggies, adjust the seasoning, or even incorporate grilled chicken for added protein. Enjoy this refreshing and delicious pasta salad by the pool! 🌞🍽️

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