Summer is coming!!! It's time to start thinking cool meals for warm summer days! Salads are always a hit in our home and my teenage girls especially love pasta salad. This delicious pasta salad is packed with flavor and pretty simple to assemble. It travels well in a cooler to those summer potluck holiday meals. Perfect!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
1 12-16 oz. package of shell pasta (Large or small), cooked until tender and drained.
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked, cooled, and diced (We like it grilled best but boiled is great too!)
2 C. Ranch Dressing thinned w/ a little milk - appx 1/4 cup.
4-6 slices of bacon, fried until crispy and crumbled (I like to use 6 slices of precooked bacon)
1 C. celery, sliced
1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning.
1 can black olives, sliced
Green onion, Optional
Mix all of the above ingredients together saving a few pieces of avocado and bacon out for garnish. Chill until ready to serve.
Serve with a hearty French Bread or Breadsticks!!
Joy's Notes: I almost never measure anything out for this salad. I just add until it looks right. My kids always want me to add more olives. :) You may want more or less of the Ranch Dressing as the longer it sits the more the pasta absorbs. If I have leftovers I add more dressing before serving it.