Ranch Pasta Salad

Dawn Whitted


This is on of my most requested pasta salads at my house. There are few ingredients and kids always like it. If you don't like the tomato replace it with another veggie such as red bell pepper, green onion, radish or zucchini. Or leave it out! It's still really good and really simple.

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30 Min


3 c
pasta, large shells or spiral work well
1 pkg
hidden valley 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
mayo & buttermilk


1Prepare pasta noodles al dente according to package directions, strain and cool.
2In 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.
3add cubed cheese, cucumber, tomato halves and ham is optional to the pasta.
4add dressing and 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.

About Ranch Pasta Salad

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids