Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Shawn C

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!

Top Review by Debs Recipes

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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