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    Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad

    Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad. Photo by Sheri-BDB

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    20 mins

    10 mins

    10 mins

    Shawn C's Note:

    This recipe makes A LOT so save it for a large gathering, pot luck or cook out. It is light and refreshing and goes well with everything from burgers, steaks to grilled chicken or just eaten alone. I personally like using the lighter angel hair instead of thicker pastas. Enjoy!

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cook pasta according to package directions.
    2. 2
      Prepare Italian dressing mix according to directions (but using about 1/2 the oil called for).
    3. 3
      Mix Ranch dressing with vinegar and oil.
    4. 4
      Drain pasta well and rinse with cold water, drain well again.
    5. 5
      Place all ingredients into large bowl and toss well.
    6. 6
      Refrigerate 12 hours.
    7. 7
      Toss before serving.
    8. 8
      **Can use 1/2 of a green, yellow, and orange bell pepper to add more color.
    9. 9
      You can add other raw hard vegetables such as julienne carrots, blanched asparagus, sliced radish, anything you like.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 15, 2009

      45

      This tasty and attractive salad was my contribution to our recent family reunion. I added a half pound each cubed Genoa Salami & cubed Provolone. Three packets of Ranch Dressing felt like too much, so I halved it to 1 1/2 packets. I put everything together the night before using 3/4s the total amount of dressing. The next day the salad was still nice & moist, so I left off the remaining portion of dressing. Thank you for sharing a great salad recipe!

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    • on March 23, 2007

      55

      WoW!! I stumbled across this recipe by clicking on random recipe and when I saw the picture Sheri-BDB made, I added the recipe to todays menu.:) Oh My Gosh!! Its outstanding! DH and I both couldn't wait a day, I just chilled it in the ref. for a few hours and had it with Dan's Seasoning Glazed Baby Backs (Pork). We absolutely love this recipe. Only change I made was I added a can of petite diced tomatoes(instead of fresh tomatoes) that I drained well and than added to the salad. I also added some black pepper and alittle Accent to enhance the flavor more. This is most certainly a KEEPER!! :) Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!

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    • on May 26, 2003

      55

      I made this today to try it out on my family before I had it at an upcoming graduation party.Really good! The only thing i did different was just added the ranch dressing mix(dry) at the end.I'll make this again.Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (185 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 315.3
     
    Calories from Fat 113
    35%
    Total Fat 12.5 g
    19%
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    8%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 59.2 mg
    2%
    Total Carbohydrate 43.8 g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    15%
    Sugars 6.2 g
    25%
    Protein 7.8 g
    15%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    hidden valley ranch dressing mix

    Italian salad dressing mix

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