Superb Southwestern Ranch Pasta Salad

Cassie *

By
@1lovetocook1x

Okay, I needed to come up with a delicious pasta salad, to use up some pretty pasta I had bought a few weeks ago...I only bought it for the prettiness...lol! My family got a kick out of that...anyway, I had to prove to them I would use it up...so, I had several packs of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch mix and all kinds of veggies to use...wanted to keep it on a Southwestern theme...so here is what I concocted
and it is absolutely delicious! If you can't find the spicy ranch, which to me is not spicy...use regular ranch packet...My family says its a keeper and to make it often!
Enjoy!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
12
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

16 oz
cooked and drained tri color pasta or your favorite
3/4 c
red and green pepper, diced
1/2 c
black olives, sliced - i cut mine in half
3
green onions, sliced thin
1/2 c
red onion, diced
5 - 6 oz
shredded, cheddar cheese
1 c
frozen corn, thawed
1 small
avacado, peeled and diced
1 medium
tomato, diced
1/2 medium
cucumber, diced
4 Tbsp
real bacon bits or use crumbled fresh bacon
1/2 Tbsp
salad supreme seasoning
salt
& pepper to taste - optional

DRESSING

1 pkg
hidden valley spicy ranch - mixed according to directions on packet
1 c
milk for dressing
1 c
mayonnaise for dressing
1/4 tsp
each - cumin & chili powder or to taste
1 1/2 tsp
sugar

Step-By-Step

1Make dressing according to package instructions, with the addition of sugar, cumin and chili powder. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2Cook your pasta, according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water and drain well.
3Cut up your vegetables.
4Once pasta is cool and dressing is chilled - pour pasta into a large bowl and sprinkle with salad supreme.
5Add prepared vegetables, cheese and bacon. Toss well.
6Pour prepared dressing over pasta mixture and toss well to coat all pasta. Salt and pepper if desired.
7Place in refrigerator and chill until ready to serve. At least 2 hours.

I garnished with some sliced green onion tops...Enjoy!

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