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
Keyword appetizer, easy appetizer, easy lunch, easy recipe, light, low calorie, pasta, pasta salad, summer, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 222 kcal
Author Julie Blanner


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


  1. Boil pasta until tender.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and minced garlic.
  3. Drain bow tie pasta and rinse with cold water.

  4. Toss drained pasta with dressing, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate until serving (recommend 2+ hours to allow the pasta salad dressing to marinate the bowtie pasta).

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This recipe calls for bow tie pasta, but you can choose the noodle of your choice.

Prepare al dente for the best results.

Nutrition Facts
Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe (Bow Tie Pasta Salad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.