Ranch Pasta Salad with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Bacon
It's possible to make ranch dressing from scratch, but in summertime, when the living is lazy, the bottled variety works just fine. It makes this colorful salad even easier to assemble and gives it just the right down-home flavor.
Active Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
"I used halved cherry tomatoes and it worked well and it is a delicious salad will do it again"- Captaincooky
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Ranch Pasta Salad with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Bacon Preparation
Place the beans in basket insert of pot. Submerge basket with beans into boiling salted water and cook uncovered, stirring once or twice, until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, transfer beans to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry.
Return water in pot to a boil. Add the pasta to the basket insert and cook until pasta is tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Drain. Rinse well under cold water; drain again.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp but not brittle, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Coarsely chop the bacon.
Whisk ranch dressing, vinegar and pepper in large bowl. Add the beans, pasta, bacon and tomatoes; toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve within an hour or so of assembly.
NOTE: The salad can be prepared several hours in advance. Wrap the beans, pasta, bacon, and dressing separately and chill. Allow all three to return to room temperature before tossing with dressing.
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