Superb Southwestern Ranch Pasta Salad

Cassie *


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! My family got a kick out of that...anyway, I had to prove to them I would use it, I had several packs of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch mix and all kinds of veggies to use...wanted to keep it on a Southwestern 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!


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15 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 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

  • 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

How to Make Superb Southwestern Ranch Pasta Salad


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