Zebra Farfalle Italian Pasta Salad


Look at this amazing Zebra Farfalle Italian Pasta Salad! Farfalle is the name of the pasta shape, or as I always call it, bow tie pasta. Do you remember I took a pasta class and I learned how to make ravioli? This is one of the pasta bags I bought at their store. Guess how they get that black color into the pasta? It is squid ink! Yes you read that right. I didn’t notice any difference in taste then regular pasta but what a dramatic look it gives the pasta.

This recipe is just a basic recipe for Italian Pasta. I didn’t add a lot of veggies because I wanted to showcase the pasta. You can use any type of pasta shape, any of your favorite vegetables and your favorite Italian dressing. This is a perfect dish to take to a picnic since it is not mayonnaise based and wonderful for a family meal. Think of all the veggies that can be added like onion, green pepper, broccoli…….. the possibilities are endless. When I make this I use whatever veggies I have in the kitchen. Cherry tomatoes work great with this, however, all I had was a large whole tomato so I diced it up and used it. There is no right or wrong way with this pasta salad. It will taste great with whatever you add to it.




You can also add green pepper,

onion, broccoli, salami, ham etc.



Add your cooked, drained and

cold pasta to a large bowl.



Add any of your favorite veggies,

cheese, pepperoni, olives etc.



Pour your favorite Italian

Salad Dressing over the top.

Marinade, covered, in the

refrigerator for at least 2 hours.



Toss gently and serve!


Zebra Farfalle Italian Pasta Salad




  • 8-16 oz. pasta, any shape cooked, drained and cold
  • Italian Salad Dressing, (prepared) quantity to your liking
  • cheese, shredded or small cubes (your favorite)
  • pepperoni, salami or ham cut into bite size pieces
  • cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • black & green olives, sliced
  • green peppers, diced
  • onions, diced
  • broccoli, cut small

(any veggies will work and all of the above are optional)


  1. Add the cold pasta to a large bowl.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients then toss gently.
  3. Let marinade at least a few hours, covered, in the refrigerator then serve.



  1. I like pasta salad – back in the day my mom would often use that “Suddenly Salad” and just add her own veggies and meat and hardboiled eggs to it … interesting about the black coloring.

      • We used to have it all the time back in the day – I’ll have to look. We had either chicken or Eckrich smoked sausage in it and my mom made garlic toast to go with it – suddenly hungry for that meal.

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