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
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.
View line-by-line Nutrition Insights™: Discover which ingredients contribute the calories/sodium/etc.
|Serving Size: 1 Serving (278g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 396 (65%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 44g||59 %|
|Saturated Fat 9.8g||49 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 13.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 16.7g|
|Cholesterol 83.3mg||26 %|
|Sodium 741.1mg||26 %|
|Potassium 510.8mg||13 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 41.7g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.2g||13 %|
|Sugars, other 38.5g|
|Protein 13g||19 %|
Powered by: USDA Nutrition Database
Disclaimer: Nutrition facts are derived from linked ingredients (shown at left in colored bullets) and may or may not be complete. Always consult a licensed nutritionist or doctor if you have a nutrition-related medical condition.
Calories per serving: 608
Get detailed nutrition information, including item-by-item nutrition insights, so you can see where the calories, carbs, fat, sodium and more come from.
What would you serve with this? Link in another recipe.