Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – this delicious salad is loaded with veggies (broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas), sharp Cheddar cheese, pasta shells, and bacon! With so many veggies in this salad, you get both healthy food and comfort food all in one! The salad can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free pasta shells.
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Use grape or cherry tomatoes and use them whole, uncut, – this will allow the salad to stay fresh longer in the refrigerator!
The salad is easy to put together, only 30 minutes from start to finish! It’s perfect for cook-outs, BBQ’s, parties, or as an easy weeknight dinner!
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped into smaller bites
10 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup sweet peas, cooked
8 oz pasta shells, cooked
2/3 cup mayo
1/2 cup milk
1 or 2 tablespoons dry Ranch mix, or more, to taste
In a large bowl, combined chopped blanched broccoli, chopped cooked bacon, whole cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cooked sweet peas, cooked pasta shells.
In a medium bowl, combine mayo and milk and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of dry Ranch mix. Mix well and taste to see if you need to add more dry Ranch mix to the dressing.
Gradually add the salad dressing to the large bowl with the salad ingredients. Some people like lots of dressing on their salad, some don't - let your taste be your guide as far as how much dressing to add!