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Ranch Pasta and Potato Salad

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 1 hr 30 min total time
  • 7 ingredients
  • 12 servings
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Pasta and potato adds flavor to this salad recipe – a perfect side dish.

Ingredients

SALAD

6
small (new) red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)
6
oz. (2 1/4 cups) uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
8
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2
cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4
cup chopped green onions

DRESSING

1/2
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
cup purchased ranch salad dressing

Steps

  • 1 Bring about 10 cups water to a boil in Dutch oven or 4-quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add potatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add rotini; return to a boil. Cook potatoes and rotini an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3 In large bowl, combine cooked potatoes and rotini, cooked bacon, bell pepper and green onions.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; blend well. Add to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.
  • 1 Bring about 10 cups water to a boil in Dutch oven or 4-quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add potatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add rotini; return to a boil. Cook potatoes and rotini an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3 In large bowl, combine cooked potatoes and rotini, cooked bacon, bell pepper and green onions.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; blend well. Add to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.

Expert Tips

Add some capers or sliced ripe olives to the pasta-potato mixture for interest.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
140
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
25%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
210mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
17g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
2%
Protein
4g
4%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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