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RANCH PASTA SALAD – The Southern Lady Cooks


This Ranch Pasta Salad is one you will make over and over again. It is super versatile and a wonderful favorite year round. The homemade dressing is a game changer!

Ranch Pasta Salad

If you love pasta salads you will want to try this Bow Tie Pasta Salad! It’s loaded in vegetables and perfect for any gathering.

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE

We love the homemade Ranch on this salad, it just gives it a great flavor and really blends the vegetables. You could always add pepperoni, rotisserie chicken, chopped ham to this salad to make it more of a meal. Super versatile and always a hit!

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Rotini pasta (could use any kind of pasta you like)
  • Ripe olives, weight 6 ounces, drained, chopped (optional)
  • Real bacon bits
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Green onion, chopped (or about 3 onions)
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half (could use more or 1 large tomato, chopped and drained)
  • Cucumber, coarsely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise or salad dressing (your preference)
  • Buttermilk
  • Sour cream
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Dillweed

SWAPS

You can add any vegetables you like to this and remove any you don’t. It’s a salad that will work with just about anything, and it’s always a hit!

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

This salad is super easy, the longest part is taking the time to chop up all the delicious vegetables!

Step 1
Prepare pasta according to package directions for salad pasta draining and running under cold water.  Let pasta cool while you prepare other ingredients.

Step 2
Mix all together in a large salad bowl and add homemade ranch dressing made with recipe below.  

Step 3
Let cool in the refrigerator for several hours before serving or overnight. 

Ranch Pasta Salad

⭐TIP

This salad will keep for a few days in the refrigerator, if it becomes dry just add some mayo. Also this dressing is one of our favorites, you an double it and put it in a mason jar and enjoy it on other salads, dip veggies in it, etc.

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STORING & SERVING SIZE

We store this in an air tight container in the refrigerator and it makes about 10-12 servings.

Ranch Pasta Salad

Anne Walkup

This ranch pasta salad is so refreshing on a summer day. Make this to enjoy with family and friends for any gathering. The ranch dressing is delicious too!

Prep Time 20 minutes

let chill overnight or a few hours 4 hours

Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Course Salad

Cuisine American, southern

  • 8 ounces salad rotini pasta could use any kind of pasta you like
  • 1 can medium pitted ripe olives weight 6 ounces, drained, chopped
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onion chopped (or about 3 onions)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half (could use more or 1 large tomato, chopped and drained)
  • 1 cup cucumber coarsely chopped

Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing your preference
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dillweed
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions for salad pasta draining and running under cold water. Let pasta cool while you prepare other ingredients.

  • Mix all together in a large salad bowl and add homemade ranch dressing made with recipe below. Let cool in refrigerator for several hours before serving or overnight. Makes about 10 to 12 servings. Serve over lettuce or as is. (Note: This salad will keep in the refrigerator for several days. If becomes dry after a few days, add more mayo.)

Can easily add cooked chicken, pepperoni, salami, ham, etc. 

Keyword ranch pasta salad

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