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Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 221828 265470
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8242616 230053
Reviewed 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 User ID: 702841 146835
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7812819 61584
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1101093 54014
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

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

mints98 User ID: 5585150 80218
Reviewed 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!"

Mary101k User ID: 6087326 57711
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3741999 140435
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

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

JumpRiverGem User ID: 1462419 137552
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"easy to make in no time. Refreshing side for summer."

hyoung0243 User ID: 5984074 58202
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"Our family eats a lot of cold pastas during the summer, this was a great addition to my list."

funinthesunmom User ID: 2396212 94747
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Tasty and very customizable. We omitted the tomato and used a 3 cheese blend instead of Parmesan. Delicious."

psrfamily User ID: 1410318 95491
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Kids Loved this salad, will be making again!"

fun76 User ID: 575900 68739
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"I did use italian dressing instead of ranch. My son is allergic to dairy. We both thought it tasted fine. We did cut back on all of the ingredients because we are the only 2 that will eat things like that but I will be making it again for us. We left out the cheese and broccoli too. I'm thinking we could add bell peppers next time also."

Haptowns User ID: 266057 112484
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This has become a summertime regular at our house."

MnMforever User ID: 3820100 140434
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"could you use Italian dressing instead of the Ranch? any suggestions?"

pperry2133 User ID: 1106843 146832
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"My family loves this recipe. Thanks"

treehouse3518 User ID: 2919251 206012
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"Was easy to prepare, looked great, is healthy and delicious. I also added 1/2 c. chopped onion and 1/3 c. shredded carrot. Will definitely make again."

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 95489
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"Super simple to make and very good!"

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