Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ranch Pasta Salad

Do you ever get sick and tired of the same old side dishes you serve with meals? ME TOO!

Over the summer we have held quite a few fabulous barbeque's, but sometimes, I feel like I serve the same old things at every event or outing.  The Italian pasta salad,  potato salad, coleslaw, chicken salad, tuna salad... I know you know what I mean.

Every year by the end of summer I am completely bored with grilling and the side dishes that accompany those burgers and brats. Last time we had we had friends over, the temperature reached to nearly 100°F degrees. I wanted something nice and light, but heavy enough to fill up our guests. I also didn't want to go back to the store!  I searched the pantry and fridge and came up with this super easy ranch pasta salad.

Now days, Todd asks for this all the time. You have to appreciate simple, easy recipes that taste good! Oh... and I blogged this one just in time for Labor day, because I just knew you would NEED it.

Ranch Pasta Salad

One (1) 1 Lb. box of rotini pasta, (or any shape you prefer.)
One (1) 16 Oz bottle of your favorite ranch dressing. (I use wishbone.)
Two (2) Cups fresh basil, (or spinach,) chopped in half.
Two (2) 2.5 oz. cans of sliced black olives, optional
One (1)  pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Prepare pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain, rinse, and empty into large mixing bowl.

Add coarlsey chopped basil, tomatoes, black olives and ranch dressing. Stir to combine.

Salt and pepper to your liking and serve!

Wasn't that painless?!

Stay safe and have a wonderful labor day weekend!

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