Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Ranch Vegetable Vermicelli Pasta Salad Recipe

Jul 15, 2013

Ranch Vegetable Vermicelli Pasta Salad Recipe

This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor, plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


Ranch Vegetable Vermicelli Pasta Salad



This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


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This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


The last few months I've been sorting through tons of recipes I've cut from magazines or written down over the years.

This has been a huge project and I'm still not finished! Can we recipe hoarder??

Today's recipe is one of those recipes I came across when organizing. It's a hand written recipe card and I remember either my Mom or older sister making this salad when I was younger.

I absolutely loved it. So, I had to make it and see if it's as good as I remembered.

It did turn out as good or even better than I remembered!! This salad makes a huge batch and would be great for a potluck or BBQ!

I also love that there's no mayo. So many of my regular, go-to salads have mayo and it's a nice, fresh switch from those.

My daughter loves eating this salad, which is a miracle because she's SO picky, and it's still a family favorite with my sisters and everyone else!

Give it a try for your next meal, family gathering or picnic!



This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


What is in Ranch Vegetable Vermicelli Pasta Salad?

  • Bell pepper: The bell pepper comes in different colors including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple. Red peppers have the most nutrition, because they've been on the vine longest. Green peppers are harvested earlier, before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Red bell peppers have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green.
  • Fresh tomatoes: They are technically a fruit since they have seeds, but are prepared or served as a vegetable in savory dishes. They contain lycopene, which has great health benefits, vitamin c, potassium and folate. They are served fresh or cooked and can be roasted, canned, dehydrated or frozen for use later.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: This is a liquid fat obtained from pressing whole mediterranean olives. It's used for cooking, bread dips and making salad dressings. It has a lower smoke point than other oils, so you'll want to use it when cooking at a lower temperature.


This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


Other pasta salad recipes without mayo you may like:



This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • Rinse, drain
  • In a bowl, combine cold pasta, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and cheese
  • Whisk ranch dressing mix, oil, garlic salt and black pepper
  • Pour dressing mixture over pasta and veggies
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving

Full recipe below



This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • diced red onion
  • fresh chopped basil
  • chopped fresh kale
  • diced cucumber
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • cooked and crumbled bacon
  • any cooked pasta
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • chopped fresh baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese

This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


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This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


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Ranch Vermicelli Pasta Salad

Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 1- 16 ounce package vermicelli or angel hair pasta
  • 1 1/2  cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green, yellow or red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook. Rinse with cold water, drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cold pasta, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and cheese.
  3. Whisk ranch dressing mix, oil, garlic salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Pour dressing mixture over pasta and veggies. Toss to coat. 
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
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This simple pasta salad is great for any spring or summer BBQ, potluck, meal or picnic! The ranch adds delicious flavor to the pasta, tomatoes, green onions and bell pepper. Plus there's no mayo which makes it versatile and easy to customize!


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15 comments:

  1. Before we moved, I had tons and tons and tons of recipes. I made myself sort through them and purge some of the stuff I knew I would never make or things that were so similar. It's almost like separating yourself from a child or something! I hated doing it and probably justified half of what I kept in one way or another! LOL. Your pasta salad sounds delish and I too like the fact that there's no mayo :) Pinned it!

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    1. Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends, Sheena - I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. im a new cook and by new i mean only a few meals under my belt i want to make this but way to much for 4-5 people can you tell me how to cut this in half and send it to me in an email please?

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    1. I don't have your email, hope you see this! :)

      What you need:
      1- 1/2 pound package vermicelli pasta
      1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
      2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
      1/4 cup green, yellow or red bell pepper, diced
      2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      1/2 package ranch dressing mix
      2 tablespoons salad oil
      3/4 teaspoons garlic salt
      black pepper, as desired

      Directions:
      Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook. Rinse with cold water, drain.

      Whisk ranch dressing mix, oil, garlic salt and black pepper in a small bowl.

      In a large bowl, combine cold pasta, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and cheese. Pour dressing mixture over pasta and veggies. Toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.

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  4. Any pasta recipe is a winner in my recipe book. My mom had a large 'magazine' recipe collection that my sisters and I are sorting through. I will be adding this recipe to my must make list. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday this week.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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    1. You're welcome!! Have fun sorting through the magazine collection! :)

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  5. This looks tasty Sheena! Pasta salads one of my summer time favorites!

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  6. I so feel your pain Sheena, I purged magazines that I had been keeping for years when I moved. I even tried giving them away on Craigslist hoping someone would love them with no luck. I so hated they went to a landfill. I did keep all of the holiday issues.

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    1. That's such a bummer! I bet there's tons of great recipes in the holiday issues!

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  7. Can you use another pasta besides the Vermicelli and will the cheddar cheese get soggy in this recipe? Thank you! I have read many books that you have suggested.

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    1. This would be great with any pasta! I've never had the cheese get soggy when it's eaten within 1-2 days. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Recipe calls for only 1/4 cup liquid. Seems like that when mixed with dry dressing will be pasty. Just checking to make sure this is correct. So glad to find recipe that contains no mayo. Thanks. Making this tonight

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