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Ranch Broccoli Pasta Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 215 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • shecooksalot
    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!

  • stacienbob
    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.

  • Chef Elise
    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!

  • ozeemo
    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.