Ranch Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe

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Here's an easy summer salad for potlucks, ladies luncheons and picnics. Tricolor spiral pasta and broccoli florets are coated with a mild dressing and bits of bacon. Margie Shaw of Americus, Georgia sent the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 envelope reduced-fat ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup) equals 213 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 568 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, broccoli and onion. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, salad dressing mix and salt. Add to pasta mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in bacon. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Ranch Broccoli Pasta Salad in Light & Tasty April/May 2004, p52

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Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"My family loved this salad!!!! It was very easy and super delicious. We also had to add some extra dressing, not much, and I also threw in some blue cheese that I had to use up and it was very, very good!!! We will definitely be making this again!"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"I used less broccoli and had to add some regular ranch salad dressing as it was otherwise too dry. Next time I'll double the sauce. Good flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"this recipe is really yummy and so easy! i cooked turkey bacon and the broccoli in the microwave, and threw the salad together so quickly. very tasty!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"I made this for a family dinner. There didn't seem to be enough dressing....if I make it again I would double the dressing."

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