Rating: 4.27 stars
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

I make tons of this pasta salad whenever there is a large potluck type gathering, and there is almost always never any left to bring home after.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
12 hrs
total:
12 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 servings
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tri-colored pasta at a boil until tender yet slightly firm, about 10 minutes.

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  • Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water until chilled; drain again.

  • Transfer the pasta to a very large salad bowl and toss with olive oil until coated.

  • Mix broccoli florets, artichoke hearts, asparagus, parsley, spinach, and olives into the pasta until thoroughly combined.

  • Stir Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, red wine vinegar, ranch dressing mix, black pepper, and salt together in a bowl until smooth.

  • Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 12 hours to blend flavors before serving.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 7.9g; carbohydrates 27.8g; fat 18.4g; cholesterol 13.6mg; sodium 511.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2012
This is totally worth all the chopping!! I always use fresh spinach and Spicy Ranch Mix and add twice the amount of red wine vinegar. My sister LOVED it and asked for the recipe. That means it is really really good!!! I also cut back on the parsley. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2012
Made as per recipe this wasn't creamy at all; in fact it suffered from being too dry. The taste was a bit too "canned cheesy" for my tastes. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2012
This is totally worth all the chopping!! I always use fresh spinach and Spicy Ranch Mix and add twice the amount of red wine vinegar. My sister LOVED it and asked for the recipe. That means it is really really good!!! I also cut back on the parsley. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2012
This was a big hit at the BBQ! I added just a bit of bottled ranch and Italian dressing dressing to add a little more zest but it was great before the additions too. Yummy! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2012
Made as per recipe this wasn't creamy at all; in fact it suffered from being too dry. The taste was a bit too "canned cheesy" for my tastes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2012
Amazing and addicting! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2014
For sure it makes 30 servings. I had to bust out a large cooking pot to stir it all together. If the recipe is followed exactly you will get a very very creamy salad. I decided to make some modifications to better suit our tastes. I did 1 cup of a parmesan asiago and romano blend. 1 cup mayonnaise (and kept the 1 cup sour cream the same). Still came out pretty creamy (see photo). Make sure you use nice thin tender asparagus. I would say this is pasta salad is on the "fancy" side considering the decadent ingredients. Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2013
I made this yesterday because I love pasta salads and I really like the ingredient list. However I found the dressing to be too overpowering. I had several test bites once it was assembled. The RWV and parm cheese seemed way too strong. But once it had set in the refrigerator I tried it again - all I could taste was the dressing even though the RWV tartness seemed to have disappeared. I would gladly use this recipe again but I will definitely be changing the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2014
I had no asparagus broccoli or parsley. I always alter recipe by what I have on hand. So I added 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped and 1/2 cup cilantro. I substituted Southwest Ranch drsg. for sour cream no packet of dried ranch. mmm yummy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2013
This is such a hit everywhere I have taken it to. Read More