Zesty Pasta Salad


From the Kitchen of Janet Cuddigan

A cool, delicious salad is always a treat for summer meals. And who doesn’t like bacon?

1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta

10 slices bacon

1 cup mayonnaise 

3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon garlic pepper

½ cup milk, or as needed

1 large tomato, chopped

1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place rotini, bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.



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