Homemade "Suddenly Salad"

"I used to love that stuff years ago. Here's how to make it even better homemade. (The bacon ranch one.)"
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Ready In:


  • 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
  • 4 -5 peeled baby carrots, shredded or 1 large regular carrot
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 34 cup mayonnaise, more if desired (but NOT miracle whip)
  • 0.5 (1 ounce) packet hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 14 cup bacon bits (I use Hormel REAL bacon bits or pieces)
  • 12 teaspoon onion powder


  • In large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, bacon bits, shredded carrots and onion powder. Chill while making the rest.
  • Cook pasta according to pkg. directions for pasta using the shortest alotted time. (Or cook al dente.).
  • Drain and cool.
  • Fold in pasta well. Fold in peas last, carefully.
  • Chill for several hours.
  • Serve chilled or room temperature.
  • Refresh salad if needed with a tiny bit of mayo, but it usually doesn't need it.
  • Garnish top with more bacon bits/pieces.

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  1. This salad was really good! I followed other reviewers suggestions and used just a .5 oz packet of the dressing mix, kept the peas frozen, and used a couple slices of real bacon. It turned out really well except there wasn't as much of it as I thought there'd be. I was planning on making a double batch, but decided to try adding the extra cooked noodles (2 cups uncooked) to the finished batch first to see how it was. I thought that it was even better than before and didn't need anything else! I will definitely be making this again!
  2. Thanks so much for this delicious pasta salad! I use McCormick Bac'n Pieces because they are vegetarian, and still-frozen peas because you don't have to worry about being gentle when stirring. After you chill for a few hours, they have defrosted. Also like to use Barilla Mini Farfalle (bow ties). This is fantastic!
  3. I loved this salad even without the carrots and peas!
  4. This was really good. I made a double batch of the dressing, half for a party and half for my family. I used a little less than half on ours. I kept the bacon (real) and the pasta in the same amount, and doubled the peas and carrot. Next time I will increase them even more. I used frozen peas...dumped them in. So easy and super yummy. Never had Suddenly Salad, but this is really good. Thanks.
  5. Really easy. I won't need to buy the box kind again. I used a green onion ranch dip mix from Hidden Valley. Thanks for posting.


  1. This was excellent and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe and added 1/2 of a red bell pepper. I also used a small can of peas instead of frozen, cavatappi pasta and real bacon bits. It really tastes like Suddenly Salad! I'll definitely be making this again. Thanks for posting!


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