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.

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!

 

Gluten Free Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
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Gluten Free Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Amy Billington

Ingredients

  • 1 package Favorite Gluten Free Pasta we like Trader Joe's brown rice pasta
  • 6 slices Bacon
  • 1 head Chopped Broccoli
  • 1 whole Shredded carrot
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Plain Full Fat Yogurt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing/Dip Mix I like Spice Hunter

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

  4. Crumble the bacon. Eat a piece to make sure it came out ok. 
  5. Eat another piece of bacon to ensure accurate results. 

  6. Combine all ingredients and chill.

Recipe Notes

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.

 

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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