we take a break in your regularly scheduled programming, you know, our slow cooker/crockpot series, to bring you a nice, fresh salad!
my colleague and friend first made a similar pasta salad for an office potluck and i just couldn’t get enough of it. i made sure to pin the recipe so i could make it later. finally, i had a chance to whip some up for lunch this week.
this pasta salad is full of bacon, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese, then it’s all topped with ranch dressing. served over a bed of lettuce or field greens, it mimics all of the flavors you would find in a blt served with a salad with ranch dressing. okay so that’s not really a thing, but believe me – all the flavors come together beautifully. i also love that the lettuce lightens up the salad a bit, so i don’t feel as bad eating bacon and cheese and carbs and dressing. oops! still it’s delicious and that’s what matters right?
but you know what is good about this recipe, it makes a bunch so chris and i have lunch ready for most of the week. all i have to do is put some greens in a container and top it with a couple scoops of pasta salad. done and done.
this pasta salad is super duper easy. first, get your ingredients prepped and ready to go. fry up some bacon.
drain the tomatoes (i used fire roasted tomatoes which is why there are little black flecks on the tomatoes – try them. they are sooo good!)…
then cook the pasta, rinse with cold water, drain well, and pour it in a large bowl. allow the pasta to cool completely.
then add the shredded cheddar cheese,
and finally the chopped green onion.
mix it all together.
then take some ranch dressing, like this:
and pour 1/2 cup over the pasta mixture.
mix until all the pasta, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, etc. are covered with dressing. then sprinkle on a little pepper, to taste.
let the pasta salad chill for a bit to allow the flavors time to meld together.
serve the pasta salad over a bed of lettuce or field greens – it’s scrumdiddlyumptious!