Amy Billington

Fueled by coffee and a passion for helping families living with food allergies.

Gluten Free Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad 

To me, summer is all about convenient cold foods like salads and lots of  watermelon for dessert. Recreating my childhood summer favorites to share with my family gives me great joy, so tonight, I whipped up a healthier knock-off of a boxed pasta salad. 

Here’s what I did:

1 package of your favorite pasta (we like Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta) 

6 slices bacon

1 head of broccoli chopped into small pieces

1 carrot, shredded

1/2-3/4 cup plain yogurt

1/2-3/4 cup mayo 

1 package ranch dressing/dip powder (we like The Spice Hunter)

All my ingredients were organic and we used gluten free pasta due to my son’s intolerance. You could easily substitute for regular pasta or non-organic ingredients.

Cook pasta according to directions on the package (approx 10 min) while also cooking the bacon on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. At the last two minutes of the pasta cooking time, I added the chopped broccoli and carrots to the water to blanch them before pouring it all into a colander to cool. Mix mayo and yogurt (I like flexibility so you could pick one or both mayo and yogurt or even do part with sour cream) with powdered ranch seasoning. Crumble the bacon. Eat a piece to make sure it came out ok. Eat another piece to ensure accurate results. Combine all ingredients and chill.

My kids hate ranch, mayo and basically any kind of salad that doesn’t involve actual greens (I know, I get the irony), but after the perfunctory groaning, they gobbled this right up. I must admit, I had seconds. It definitely hit the spot! 

Let me know if you try this simple summer salad. I would love to hear what substitutions you made and how it tasted.

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2. The number of years since his anaphylactic reaction from peanut cross contamination in a grilled cheese sandwich from a restaurant.

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