Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

July 20, 2022

This classic Creamy Ranch Pasta salad, made with hidden valley seasoning, is an easy and delicious pasta side dish, great for potlucks, BBQ, and picnics.

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

This creamy pasta salad is so easy to make and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. My stepmom makes this pasta salad for almost every event she attends, and it is always a favorite among guests. I recently asked her how she made it and made a big bowl for my family. My family cleaned the bowl and asked for more.

Pasta salad is best served cold, so its best made ahead. Just a cook pasta as directed and mix a few ingredients into a mixing bowl, and you will have the perfect side in less than 15 minutes. I cannot believe I bought pre-packaged pasta salad for years, when I could have been making it myself this time and the flavor is so much better than the store bought.

Pasta salad has many variations, so make sure you make this recipe to your liking. See below for veggies, meats, and cheeses that can be added to pasta salad.

Equipment:

Pot-for boiling the pasta

Mixing bowl- For mixing the ingredients.

container with lid– For storing pasta salad.

Colander– Needed for draining pasta.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add rotini pasta and cook until done, usually about 9-10 minutes.
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water.  
  3. In a bowl, combine cooked pasta, chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and hidden valley ranch packet. Toss to combine all ingredients well.
  4. Add in the mayonnaise and stir well. 
  5. Cover pasta and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Pasta salad is best served cold. 

Variations:

Pasta: For a colorful pasta salad tricolor rotini, you can also, make this recipe with macaroni for a creamy ranch macaroni salad.

Veggies: You can add additional vegetables, such as black olives, onion, or broccoli to your pasta salad.

Meat: Diced ham or crumbled bacon are both great added to pasta salad.

Cheese: You can also add your choice of shredded cheese, or even feta cheese to pasta salad.

Storing pasta salad:

Store leftover pasta salad is a container with a lid in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories328
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.4g17%
Cholesterol 10.1mg3%
Sodium 253.6mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 43.5g16%
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 7.8g16%
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C

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Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

This classic Creamy Ranch Pasta salad, made with hidden valley seasoning, is an easy and delicious pasta side dish, great for potlucks, BBQ, and picnics.

  • Author: Erica Ott
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: American

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add rotini pasta and cook until done, usually about 9-10 minutes.
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water.  
  3. In a bowl, combine cooked pasta, chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and hidden valley ranch packet. Toss to combine all ingredients well.
  4. Add in the mayonnaise and stir well. 
  5. Cover pasta and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Pasta salad is best served cold. 

Keywords: ranch pasta salad, creamy ranch pasta salad, hidden valley pasta salad, cold side dishes

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