Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This is a good alternative to a standard ranch pasta salad to take on a picnic or barbeque as it does not contain any mayonnaise and holds up a bit better as the pasta is firmer. 1 lb box bowtie pasta Cook according to directions on the box, drain and place in large bowl. Add 2 tbsp of margarine, olive oil and and toss to distribute (keeps pasta from sticking together). Put in fridge while you prepare dressing.


  • 1 pkg. Ranch dressing packet (Hidden Valley brand is recommended)
  • 1 3 oz can finely chopped black olives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/2 cup shredded paremsan or Italian cheese

Mix dressing together throughly using the above ingredients.

Remove the pasta salad from the fridge and pour in 1 1/2 cups of the above dressing and toss. If you want your salad to be creamier, you could use the entire 2 cups of the above dressing that was made.

Other add-ins to this salad are:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Green olives
  • Finely chopped red or green pepper

If pressed for space in small cooler, you could put the pasta salad in a zip lock bag.

If it is going to be left out for a period of time, you could take a larger bowl, fill it full of ice and pour the pasta salad into a smaller bowl that you put inside the larger one and cover it with a plate for easy access (but keep the bugs out).

1 comment:

  1. Thanks...I will print this recipe off for my wife and others.

    Vaden Chandler
    The Arete' Blog