Ranch and Avocado Pasta Salad

"This makes a good lunch or side dish and can be varied depending on preferred taste and what ingredients you have in the fridge. For a vegetarian version, simply leave out the meat."
 
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Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
8
Serves:
4
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ingredients

  • 0.5 (1 ounce) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 12 cup milk
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cups dry pasta (Farfalle works nicely)
  • 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 34 cup cooked chicken, cubed
  • 12 cup cooked bacon, cut into pieces
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directions

  • Mix the Ranch dressing mix with the milk and mayonnaise and leave in the fridge to thicken. If you have time, prepare the Ranch dressing a few hours beforehand to allow the flavours to blend.
  • Cook the pasta.
  • Mix the pasta with the Ranch dressing, avocado, cherry tomatoes and meats.
  • Enjoy!

Questions & Replies

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  1. Jane from Ohio
    Do the avocado's turn brown if there is any left-overs. Thanks. I can't wait to try it.
     
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Reviews

  1. Jane from Ohio
    What a delicious recipe. Wonderful recipe for summer or anytime. I did add scallions and green pepper because I had that. Thanks for posting.
     
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  2. Janice in SC
    This was great! The only change I made, due to what I had on hand, was to use Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch...I think it only improved an already awesome recipe. Thank you!
     
  3. stevetsmith
    Easy. Delicious. Made it to the recipe. Avo is great in this.
     
  4. Katie KM.
    This was absolutely delicious. I made it exactly as written except I made the ranch dressing as described on the package (1 packet Hidden Valley ranch, 1 cup mayo, 1 cup milk). I used a whisk for the dressing and let it sit in the refrigerator for over an hour before making everything else. It was creamy and exactly like ranch should be so that should help anyone who found it to be runny. I made it with patriotic shaped pasta for our 4th of July picnic. As it turns out my family members don't like avocado, so next time I'll make it without the avocado but double the chicken. Thanks for the great recipe!
     
  5. 2Bleu
    Buddha was absolutely Wowed with this recipe! I used super thick bacon, stir-fried the cubed chicken with s/p and garlic powder, and used triple the amount of tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes). He said next time to add more tomatoes cause he loves the 'pop' of flavor when he bit into them, (but he's just 'wow, wow, wow', over this recipe!) To quote him: "The smokey bacon, the creamy avocado, the hint of ranch, and a bit of tomato for a zing of superfabulous flavor!" Thanks for an 'awesome' recipe, you are his hero for the day! says he. :)
     
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