bow tie pasta salad in a bowl with cherry tomatoes basil and feta

Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe (Bow Tie Pasta Salad)

A light, refreshing and easy pasta salad, perfect for summer picnics and outings. This lemon basil pasta salad recipe is always a crowd pleaser!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 222kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 5 ounces feta crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 6 leaves basil sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil pasta until tender.
  • Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and minced garlic.
  • Drain bow tie pasta and rinse with cold water.
  • Toss drained pasta with dressing, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate until serving (recommend 2+ hours to allow the pasta salad dressing to marinate the bowtie pasta).



This recipe calls for bow tie pasta, but you can choose the noodle of your choice.
Prepare al dente for the best results.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 0.9mg