Jun 3, 2013

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Cooks Note: This salad is perfect for Summer, it is cold, easy, and goes with almost any main dish. I added cubed Swiss Cheese to mine, and I included that in the Ingredients below. You could also add grilled chicken to this and make it a main dish. For me, the red onion really gives you a big bang for your buck. This is flavorful and delish, enjoy!

1 (16 ounce) package bacon, cooked and crumbled/cut up
1 (16 ounce) package tri colored pasta
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes
16 ounces (1 container) sour cream
1/2 of a red onion, diced finely
1/2 C milk
1 (1 ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
1 brick of Swiss Cheese (use about half-cubed)
pepper (to taste)
1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
2. Cook your bacon. When it is cooked through remove it to a plate and pat the grease off with some paper towels. Set it aside.

3. Slice the grape tomatoes and toss them into a large mixing bowl. Dice the onion. I used 1/2 of a red one. I diced it fine so I wouldn't bite into huge chunks of onion.
4. Strain pasta and pour your cooked pasta into the bowl.

5. In a small mixing bowl combine the sour cream, milk and Hidden Valley Ranch packet.

6. Stir it well to combine, making sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

7. Add bacon to the pasta mixture.

8. Pour the dressing over the top. Stir it well, making sure all of the ingredients are covered with dressing.

9. Chill for at least an hour, add diced Swiss cheese cubes before eating. 
This Pinspiration comes from RJ and Jesse

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