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Ranch Pasta Salad

I've made this salad for years—it's a recipe from a high school friend's mom. Any time I serve a sandwich meal like hamburgers, hot dogs or sloppy joes, I have this flavorful salad alongside.—Mrs. Krista E Collins, Concord, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup seeded chopped tomato
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, broccoli, cucumber and tomato. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 285 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 317mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • cindiak
    May 3, 2017

    I love this recipe. Whenever I make it, I add whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I've also added chopped up pepperoni and salami when I want a heartier salad.

  • apsimon23
    Jul 23, 2015

    I followed the recommendations of some of the other reviewers and added bacon bits and replaced the parmesan with shredded colby-jack cheese. I also used about 1/2c of light sour cream and a splash of milk with light ranch dressing. My family loved it. This will be going into the regular rotation.

  • ebramkamp
    Jul 15, 2014

    This was a huge hit. The first time I made it I followed the directions exactly. The second time I 'cleaned' out the refrigerator produce drawer. I ended up adding chopped celery, red bell pepper and also threw in some frozen peas because we love them in salad. I did add a bit more ranch because of the extra ingredients but this is delicious. Very easy and oh so yummy.

  • candycup
    Jul 8, 2014

    very good pasta salad omitted the tomatoes added carrots onions peas shread three cheese blend craft and three cheese ranch dressing real bacon bitsand one fourth cup of mayonnaise and one fourth cup of sour cream

  • lmmanda
    Apr 8, 2014

    Really good, I omitted the cucumbers, though, since they don't like me

  • mints98
    Jul 17, 2013

    We loved this recipe! I am serving it next week for a baby shower along with the Salsa Sloppy Joes on the same page. Both are a hit in my book!

  • ehume127
    Feb 8, 2013

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  • jlemmon
    Dec 19, 2012

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  • Mary101k
    Jul 27, 2011

    This was so simple to make! I even added carrots and real bacon pieces with a touch of Western dressing for a little zip!

  • katlaydee3
    Jul 25, 2011

    Loved this recipe. I served it with the Salsa Sloppy Joes on the same page.