Ready, Set, Cook! Hidden Valley Contest Entry. One day I was looking for something new to do with pasta salad. I entire family loves pasta salad so I wanted something special also. Now I do not like Ranch Salad dressing however I absolutely love the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet. I have used it on potatoes, on chicken and many other ways. I decided why not add it to a light pasta salad. So my recipe was made, eaten and enjoyed. The best thing besides the taste of this Chicken Pasta Salad is how versatile you can make it. Do not like spinach, omit, substitute...no problem. Want to use beef or tofu...no problem. It is easy to make it your own. I know your family will love it too.