Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

This Creamy Ranch Bowtie Pasta Salad is an easy summer side dish for your barbecue or cookout, or an easy dinner idea! The leftovers make a great cold lunch for school or work, and it keeps well in the fridge. Loaded with your favorite summer veggies and a creamy ranch dressing! 

creamy ranch pasta salad close up

PREP TIME10minutes mins

COOK TIME10minutes mins

TOTAL TIME20minutes mins






  • ▢375g Catelli Medium Bows (about 5 cups)
  • ▢3/4 cup cubed ham (100g)
  • ▢3/4 cup sliced cucumbers (70g)
  • ▢3/4 cup broccoli florets (50g)
  • ▢1/2 cup cheddar cheese cubes (60g)
  • ▢1 tomato halved, squeezed dry, and chopped
  • ▢2/3 cup ranch dressing
  • ▢2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ▢2 tablespoons oil (canola or other)
  • ▢3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a large pot of boiled, salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  • To cool pasta quickly, pour into a large colander and run under cold water. Pour cooled pasta into a large bowl.
  • Stir together the ranch dressing, mayonnaise, oil, salt and pepper and pour over pasta. Add ham, cucumbers, broccoli, cheese, and tomato and stir just to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2-3 hours. Serve cold.
  • Notes
  • The oil is optional, and is only used to thin the dressing. You can also use water to thin as desired, or leave it on the thicker side.
  • Nutrition Information
  • Calories: 372cal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

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