Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad – A perfect cold side salad to go with just about any meal!
I cannot believe it is already Friday! This week has flown by for some reason, and believe it or not, we haven’t had a tremendously busy week. This is highly unusual for us lately. It has been really nice. My older kiddos only have about 25 days of school left. I love that our spring break was late this year. It makes it more motivating for them to go back to school knowing that they don’t have much time left to go.
We’ve already been grilling a lot lately. I love it! The weather is the perfect temperature right now. It won’t be long, and it will be sweltering. I’ll have to beg the kids to play outside for more than 15 minutes. I’ll have to come up with a lot of outdoor activities that involve water. I’m always pinning fun stuff on my Kids Pinterest board.
The kids also love to eat supper outside. I’m fine with that too because it”s less clean up for me inside. This would be the perfect side dish for one of those outdoor supper nights.
Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad
- 1 lb. tri-color rotini pasta
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2-3 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup mayo
- 2 tsp ranch seasoning from a packet
- Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cool water. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach.
- In a separate small bowl, mix mayo and ranch seasoning really well.
- Pour ranch mixture over the pasta salad ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
- Chill until ready to serve.
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Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
Oh, boy. I need to make this for my sister, now! She is a bit ranch lover (and insists my recipes are unhealthy for her diet so maybe I will sub in Greek yogurt!)
Great idea Kacey!!
Kate @ Diethood says
Honestly, my Friday would be much better if THIS salad was my lunch!
Sara @ Bitz & Giggles says
This looks delicious, Jaren! I’m always looking for new salad recipes for the summer!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says
Pasta salads are my favorite side dishes and I’m loving this one with the spinach and of course, RANCH! 🙂 Perfect for summer time!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I love cucumbers and ranch. You are right that this will be perfect for summer dinners outside, Jaren!
Lily Lau says
Pasta salad, my favourite! Need to try your version, surely it tastes even better than the one I know 🙂
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Oooo this looks like a fab side to a grilled dinner. I can’t wait till it stays warm so we can grill!
I’m all about the sides Julie! Thanks!
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
Such a perfect BBQ dish as who can say no to pasta salad or ranch?!