This loaded pasta salad is the perfect dish to pass at a picnic or potluck meal. The recipe makes an enormous amount of salad and everyone is sure to enjoy it. I love taking this sort of salad on picnic lunches with the family. It’s nice to nibble on ham, cheese, veggies, and pasta while sitting in the park and watching the kids play on the equipmenmt. Ah, I can’t wait until summer comes back again!
I seriously cannot get enough of this delicious pasta salad! It’s filled with all the stuff that makes my taste buds go wild. From chunky cheese to pepperoni, it’s all in there. Yum!
2 12 oz. packages Radiatore pasta, or spirals; for more color, use the tri-colored variety
1 tablespoon Morton salt
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, (1.125 ounce)
1 cup TruMoo milk
1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Italian dressing
1 pound lean ham, (from a center cut slice) cut in small dice (1/4″)
3/4 pound Kraft provolone or cheddar cheese (or a mixture of both), cut into 1/4″ dice
1 package Hormel pepperoni, (5 ounce) cut into 1/4″ dice
1 bunch green onions including tops, chopped
1 8 oz. can pitted black olives, drained and sliced the long way (or use the ones that are already sliced, but don’t tell Mitch – he thinks they taste different sliced the long way!)
1 to 2 teaspoons Lawry’s seasoned salt, or to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the pasta and the salt.
Cook the pasta until it is just tender, stirring occasionally.
Dump into a colander over the sink, rinse with cold water, and let drain thoroughly; transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing mix, milk, and mayonnaise; let sit 10 minutes or until thickened; stir in the Italian dressing.
Pour half of the prepared dressing over the pasta and stir.
Add the remaining ingredients, and enough additional dressing to moisten (use additional dressing for tossed green salad).
Sprinkle with a liberal amount (or to taste) of the seasoning salt and mix it in the salad thoroughly.
If you have time, refrigerate several hours or overnight to blend flavors.
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Quick tip: Serve this delicious pasta salad with a slice of crusty bread or your favorite fruit.