Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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This Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is so filling and satiating for your salad cravings because of the fresh flavor of fresh vegetables together with salad and crumbled with crispy bacon bits of course. This pasta salad recipe is a healthy, refreshing and easy meal to make for a large crowd or even family dinners. You can make this salad recipe in no time using simple ingredients from your kitchen. This super easy Pasta Salad recipe is a keeper because it’s so basic yet comes out perfectly each time you make it. Incorporating fresh vegetable salads in your diet through simple healthy recipes is always an excellent idea, especially on busy weekdays or on the days when you don't feel like doing too much. When you're running out of ideas, you can always count on healthy dinner ideas like this salad recipe for your family.

To cut down the calories from sour cream, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt. A good vegan option for the salad dressing is adding mashed avocado paste seasoned with your choice of spice. A few other interesting salad dressing ideas to incorporate into this recipe are Italian, Thousand Island or French mustard. You can even add spices like cayenne pepper, Cajun spice, or a pinch of cumin powder as well. Spices are not only healthy but add a lot of flavor to salad recipes. If you like red, yellow and orange peppers, go ahead and add them to this salad. Throw some greens like kale, arugula and chopped lettuce in it. Add some black beans or chickpeas to make it extra wholesome and nutritious. You can add hard boiled eggs or toss in grilled chicken breast for that extra protein into this salad.

Always remember not to overcook the pasta and the key is to cook it until el dente. This will ensure and prevent the pasta from getting soggy. Keep in mind that when you add too much mayonnaise in the salad dressing, it could turn runny. The key to getting a pasta salad recipe right each and every time is to add the right proportion of seasoning. Doing this will ensure that your salad is not too runny or dry. Since this salad is served cold, you need to refrigerate it overnight in an airtight container to seal the freshness. You can make it the night before to save time and plus leaving it overnight in the fridge makes the flavors blend well together and tastes better. You can always add more mayonnaise to the salad the next day just before serving if you need to. Thank you to Erica at the ‘Family Favorite Recipes' food blog for sharing this irresistibly Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe with us. For other healthy dinner ideas do check out Erica's blog where she shares simple healthy recipes. This salad recipe is so tasty and the only recipe you'll need when you crave a good meal. Make some today and have it!

Nutrition Facts for:Easy Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Family Favorite Recipes
Ingredients: Cavatappi noodles, ranch seasoning mix, mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, bacon, peas, cheese, carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 849, Calories from Fat 493, Total Fat 54.8g 84%, Saturated Fat 19.2g 96%, Cholesterol 146mg 49%, Sodium 1847mg 7, Carbohydrates 51.7g 17%, Dietary Fiber 4.4g 18%, Sugars 9.0g, Protein 37.5g, Vitamin A 116%, Vitamin C 37%, Calcium 30%, Iron 14%

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