SUMMER’s here! Yay!
Time for pool parties, barbecues, and other gatherings where showing up empty-handed is frowned upon.
This pasta salad is awesome as a side. Add grilled chicken and it’s a meal. You can vary the ingredients, but I wouldn’t omit the bacon. Unless you’re a vegetarian. Or you’re satisfied with things at half-flavor. In other words, ditch the broccoli. Keep the bacon.
Tri-color pasta noodles, cooked according to the box directions, drained well
2 cups fresh broccoli, cut in bite-size pieces
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/3 cup red pepper, diced
4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 package of ranch dressing (dry package)
3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon milk
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl. Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta and stir. Chill for a couple of hours or overnight.