I love a good pasta salad and this is one I grew up eating. Each summer my mom would gather the freshest vegetables from our garden and make this super quick and easy salad that is good as a side, but I typically make it for a meal. Not only does this pasta salad taste great, it’s relatively inexpensive as well.
Country Pasta Salad
- 1 lb. Box Dry Pasta
- 2-4 cups fresh vegetables (any combination of cucumber, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, etc.)
- 1 C Miracle Whip
- 1 C Ranch Dressing
- Parmesan Cheese to Garnish (Optional)
- Fried Bacon or Bacon Bits to Garnish (Optional)
Cook pasta as you normally would. While cooking, wash and cut vegetables into bit size pieces. In small bowl, mix equal parts Miracle Whip and ranch. Set aside. When pasta is tender, drain. Run cold water over pasta until completely cool. Combine everything in one large bowl and stir until well mixed. You can serve immediately, but I find it better after being chilled for an hour or so. Garnish with parmesan and bacon (optional).
These are the proportions I use when making this salad as a meal and it would easily feed a family of 4-5. However, I use a nice large Pampered Chef mixing bowl with rubber lid that seals assuring the leftovers are just as good as they were the first time around. You can easily adjust the proportions to suit. As long as you use equal portions of Miracle Whip and ranch, you’ll be good to go!
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