One of the things that we have enjoyed eating during this no-bake, hot summer is salad! They have to be hearty salads, too, because even though we are hot, we are also hungry! I made a few of those pre-packaged types of salads, but they always taste a bit packaged and you have to make a few packages to have enough to feed everyone. Not to mention, there are always weird ingredients that we have never heard of in pre-packaged food, plus a very small amount of dried out bits of what were once vegetables. I figured I could come up with my own, healthier and tastier version of our favorite flavors on my own.
Around our house, we love bacon. If anyone ever posts anything about bacon on Facebook, they always tag my oldest son. He is the King of all bacon lovers. One version of the packaged salads that we all enjoy is the bacon ranch flavor. Okay, bacon may not fit in with the "healthier" stamp, but since I am using the real thing and not artificial flavoring, it sure is tastier! I will be sure to tag my son once this blog is completed because today I am going to give you the recipe for my HOMEMADE version of Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad. (By the way, I loved the big red bowl that I used to make this salad in. It comes in a colorful set with lids! My daughter received them as a wedding gift. I liked them so much, I bought my own. There is an affiliate link to order them on the sidebar.)
, Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad
A 1 lb. bag of small pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 lb. bacon, cooked crispy and cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 can of corn kernels, drained
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
about 2 cups mozzarella cubes
1 diced tomato
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 cup mayonnaise
In a large bowl, blend the vegetables, bacon and pasta together.
Mix the dressing mix with the mayonnaise. Mix this into the pasta mixture. Chill before serving, if you can wait!
You can probably imagine a lot of other stir-ins that would be delicious in this salad. Let me know what your favorite salad stir-ins are in the comments section!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!