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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crayons in Summer Salad with Bowties

Keep your summer meals easy and playful with this crayon-colored, bowtie-sporting salad!

I just can't stop myself!  This is another recipe I've created using a Philadelphia Cooking Creme (see my Easy, Breezy Potato Salad with Baby Reds, incorporating a cooking creme, and my White Chocolate Frosting, utilizing a white chocolate cream cheese spread).

                                    Go Ahead, Play with Your Food...
                                        And Color A Summer Salad!

Approximately 12 servings

  • 4 1/4 c. uncooked bowtie (farfalle) pasta
  • 12 oz. fresh asparagus spears (washed & woody stems removed)
  • 1 1/4 c.--approx. 1 large--red bell pepper (cleaned, cored & seeded), cut into about 1 1/4" long & 1/4" wide pieces
  • 1 1/4 c.--approx. 1 large--orange (or yellow--I used orange) bell pepper (cleaned, cored & seeded), cut into about 1 1/4" long & 1/4" wide pieces
  • 1 1/4 c. cleaned grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 c.--approx. 2 1/4 small stalks--cleaned green onions, thinly sliced (green tops & all)
  • 1/3 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 tsp. salt (plus about 1 tsp. salt* to 4 quarts pasta water)
  • 1 c. Parmesan & Romano--or Parmesan--cheese (divided)**
  • 1 tub (10 oz) Philadelphia Savory Lemon & Herb Cooking Creme

  1. Add about 1 tsp. salt* to cooking water and cook pasta according to package directions, or until al dente (about 11 min.'s).  Drain immediately.  Rinse with cold water and drain again.  Set aside.
  2. For the asparagus: Add whole spears to boiling water and cook uncovered about 3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.  Drain immediately.  Rinse with cold water and drain again.  Cut into about 1 1/4" pieces.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the bell peppers, tomatoes, green onions, black pepper, 2/3 tsp. salt and 2/3 c. of the cheese**.
  4. Add the pasta and asparagus to the bell pepper mixture and gently toss together.  Carefully fold in the cooking creme.
  5. Chill at least one hour before serving.  Garnish with the remaining 1/3 c. of cheese**.

Complement your grilled entrees with this refreshing summer salad. Or, add shrimp, chicken, tuna or salmon to this versatile salad and enjoy a one-dish, easy meal!

Printable Recipe


  1. What a beautiful, delicious salad, Bonnie! Perfect summer side :)

  2. Love all the beautiful colors in your salad Bonnie! I would love this salad for lunch!

  3. What a unique and fun idea, Bonnie! Crayon colored vegetables in a delicious salad is right up a kid's (and adult's) alley! It looks healthy and gorgeous!

  4. Looks so refreshing and colorful, I bet it tastes delicious too. We will be having lots of cherry tomatoes coming up from our backyard. This will be the dish to make :-)

  5. What a fun post! I can only imagine how much fun my niece and nephew would have making and eating this salad. Thank you so much for sharing, my friend!