June 11, 2014

Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Father's Day is this weekend.  Do you have any plans?  Maybe a BBQ with the family?  Ya know, this pasta salad goes perfect alongside some grilled chicken or a burger and it can feed quite a few people!  Just saying :)
My Dad gave me a Betty Crocker Healthy Cookbook and this recipe was inspired by a similar one in the book.  Rather than using Mayonnaise, it calls for Light Ranch Dressing.  I always buy Light Ranch Dressing.  With the brand that I buy, I really can't tell the difference.

This pasta salad is delicious and I love that it is lighter than traditional pasta salad.  

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Turkey Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

16 oz. medium shell pasta
1/4 lb. deli ham, diced
1/4 lb. deli turkey, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/3 c. imitation bacon bits
3 c. fresh spinach, chopped
3/4 - 1 c. light ranch dressing, or more to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, for garnish before serving

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse well with cold water.  Allow to dry completely before preparing the salad.  Once pasta is dry, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Taste and adjust any ingredients, if needed.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  Garnish with Parmesan cheese just before serving.  Serves: 8-10. 

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