Ranch Pasta Salad

Well, folks… Fall is here and I’m definitely feeling it in the air. I do love the smell of crisp air, but I can’t help  but be sad that BBQ season is coming to a close… Granted, my husband Mike will still occasionally venture outside to grill us some hamburgers. Unfortunately, the warm summer has started to vanish. Naturally, we had to have ONE last BBQ meal outside to enjoy the little bit of warm weather we have left.

This pasta salad recipe is one that I actually just made up, because my food schedule said I’d be making pasta salad this weekend for BBQ chicken. Uh…say what?!

I don’t know where in my mind I’d like to make pasta salad, because I HATE it. Seriously, the thought of cold pasta is just so disappointing to me.

As I stood in the kitchen staring in my fridge looking for a Plan B for this whole thing, I decided to just go for it. I had a few ingredients that could make a pasta salad, so I thought…why not? Surprisingly, I actually LOVED the pasta salad. It was a favorite for my little family as well. I will definitely be making this again and will put it on my list of foods I’d be proud to share with friends at parties.

Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe


2c. Pasta (I used a combo of Penne and Rotini)

1 c. Cheddar Cheese

1 tomato

2 hot dog links

3 tbsp. bacon

4 strings of chives

1/2 c. cooked peas

1/4 c. ranch dressing (I used LiteHouse, but plan to make my own next time)

1 c. lettuce

1/2 c. croutons


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water. I chose to add my frozen peas with my pasta so that they were both cooked.
  2. After pasta is finished, immediately run it under cold water to cool it down.
  3. Meanwhile, chop up hotdog links (into smaller bite size) and chives
  4. Add the pasta into the salad bowl with all the other ingredients EXCEPT croutons or lettuce.
  5. Since you chilled the pasta, the salad will be ready immediately so you can add the lettuce and croutons. However, if you aren’t going to eat it immediately wait to add croutons and lettuce until later.
  6. Mix it all together and ENJOY!

I hope you like it as much as I do!

~Mom Seeking a Village

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