Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

Go beyond plain ol’ ranch with this zingy combination of several recipes that were almost right.  Feel free to play around with the veggie mixtures and amounts, too.  Use your favorites!

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 Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

  • 1 box spiral pasta (14.5 ounce box)
  • 1½ cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup finely chopped green pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar (or colby/jack) cheese

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup ranch dressing (I make my own!)
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard

Topping (optional)

  • ¼ cup chopped, cooked bacon
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to box directions.  Immediately rinse in cold water.  Drain.
  2. Mix pasta, veggies, and cheese in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients.  Pour onto pasta.  Mix well.  Chill until serving (at least 1 hour).
  4. Just before serving, stir salad.  Top with bacon and cheese.

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Who says salads are just for summer?!

Comments

  1. Do you use dry mustard or prepared mustard? I think my whole family would like this!

  2. Yum! This looks really good!

  3. Ooh, this looks very tasty! I would likely sub ham for bacon (because I’m just weird like that ;)), but the combination of flavors looks yummy!

  4. Debbie Jennings says:

    I can’t wait to try this! We eat a lot of the pasta salads that come in the “box”. This just sounds so much better than the boxed dressing mix that you get with the pasta noodles. Gonna try this soon!

  5. Between our crazy weather and this salad–we’ll have summer in January! 🙂

  6. This looks so yummy! My mind kept reading grape tomatoes as “grapes”, and I was like “It looks good, but that’s a little weird.” Glad I figured it out before I tried it! This just went on my pinboard (and yes, I really do make the recipes I pin!)

  7. Yum says my tummy. No, No, No says my hips!

  8. AWESOME!! A recipe without a package of ranch dressing mix. Great job and thank you.

  9. This is such a great recipe and there are so many things that you could add to it!

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