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Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Ranch Pasta Salad
Source: just a pinch

Ingredients

  • 3 c pasta, large shells or spiral work well
  • 1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Ranch dressing mix (envelope)
  • 1 1/2 c Colby jack cheese, diced (or any block cheese)
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c ham, diced (optional)
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1 c buttermilk
PREP TIME
30m
COOK TIME
10m
TOTAL TIME
40m
YIELD
8 servings

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta noodles al dente according to package directions.
  • Strain and cool.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the ranch dressing envelope according to the package directions adding mayo & buttermilk.
  • I thin it out with a couple additional tablespoons of buttermilk or milk if needed.
  • Add cubed cheese, cucumber, tomato halves, and optional ham to the pasta.
  • Add dressing.
  • Combine well.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or more. If the noodles soak up most of the dressing, you may add a bit of milk to loosen it up or just a squirt or two of bottled dressing.

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