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Rating: 3.95 stars
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This pasta salad is easy to make and a delicious meal or side dish for the whole family.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 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. Add rotini pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and combine with sliced baby carrots, broccoli, red onion, cauliflower, green pepper and peppercorn ranch dressing; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 23.6g; fat 35.4g; cholesterol 19.3mg; sodium 553.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
This was a wonderful salad!! I have made it several times. It is good on hot days or when you want it to work as a side dish. Although I only used regular rotini noodles instead of the colored ones I am willing to try both. It is also a tasty way to get kids to eat their vegetables!! Mine loved it!! Also I brought it to a recent family reunion and I had none to bring back home with me! Thank you Melissa! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/04/2003
We didn't really like this recipe. The Ranch just didn't appeal to us and we are a family of Ranch dressing eaters. I won't make again. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
This was a wonderful salad!! I have made it several times. It is good on hot days or when you want it to work as a side dish. Although I only used regular rotini noodles instead of the colored ones I am willing to try both. It is also a tasty way to get kids to eat their vegetables!! Mine loved it!! Also I brought it to a recent family reunion and I had none to bring back home with me! Thank you Melissa! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2003
I was skeptical...but this was GREAT. I used all leftovers from the fridge -- spaghetti noodles steamed carrots and cauliflower. I omitted the onion (didn't want) and brocolli (didn't have) substituted red bell pepper for green and used lowfat "parmesan peppercorn ranch" dressing. I've been dieting and made this for a quick lunch yesterday. Give it a try. The pasta really mellows out the peppercorn taste in the dressing. I'll save all my leftover dinner veggies from now on to use in this salad! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2003
We didn't really like this recipe. The Ranch just didn't appeal to us and we are a family of Ranch dressing eaters. I won't make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2004
This was a really good recipe that seemed to please the whole family. As vegetarians it can be a challenge to find recipes that have a lot of veggies but are still kid friendly. This was a hit! I made a few changes and used the ranch dressing mix that comes in a powder and mixed it with half milk and half sour cream for a creamier texture then mixed in cracked peppercorns. Also I reserved half of the mixture until right before I served it so it wouldn't all soak into the pasta. I also added soy bacon bits and peas right before serving. This would be great for a barbecue or chuch picnic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2012
What I love about pasta salads is how forgiving they are... you can take the basic concept and use what you have on hand and it'll always work out. I used grape tomatoes carrots black olives sweet peppers and cucumbers with the Peppercorn Ranch. Yum.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Good salad! I subbed red (bell) pepper instead of green & added some cubbed ham. I had to take a portion (1 c.) of the salad out and leave it plain for the baby (egg alergy = no ranch for him) but he ate all that I gave him. I did only use 1/2 of the dressing not because I took out a cup but for a personal prefference. Thanks Lindsay! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2005
I usually make pasta salads with an oil and vinegar based dressing so this was new for me. I liked it. It was great at my cookout. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2005
This is a very good recipe. I made one small change due to the fact that I had extra celery on hand that I wanted to use up so I added it in. It was still very tasty. I think this is a very versatile recipe in that you can probably add just about any kind of veggie you like. It's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I could not find peppercorn ranch dressing but I found that the Parmesan Ranch I substituted was very tasty and this is a great potluck pleaser! Read More
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