Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad

Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad – Potluck Perfection

Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad is one of the best pasta salads I have ever eaten! Perfect for pot lucks because it will feed a bunch.

 

It can be made with any kind of pasta. I like tri-color spirals.

It’s light and refreshing and goes well with everything from burgers or steaks to grilled chicken or just eaten alone.

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Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Refrigerate
12 hrs
Total Time
12 hrs 25 mins
 

Perfect for picnics or that potluck where you want to impress!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 325 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz package angel hair pasta (break in half) or 1 (12 -16 ounce) package tri-color spiral pasta
  • 4 firm ripe seeded diced tomatoes
  • 1 2 1/4 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 medium cucumbers peeled pulp removed and diced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 3 1 oz packages hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 1 2/3 ounce package Italian salad dressing mix (prepared as directed on package only using half the oil called for)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Prepare the Italian dressing mix according to directions (but using about 1/2 the oil called for).
  3. Mix the Ranch dressing with vinegar and oil.
  4. Drain the pasta well and rinse with cold water, drain well again.
  5. Place all the ingredients into large bowl and toss well.
  6. Refrigerate 12 hours. Toss before serving.

 

You can use 1/2 of a green, yellow, and orange bell pepper to add more color.

You can add other raw hard vegetables such as julienned carrots, blanched asparagus, sliced radish, anything you like.

Enjoy this Ranch Picnic Pasta Salad!

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Recipe based on one by Shawn C
Photo by Sheri-BDB