Out of this World Pasta Salad

Out of this World Pasta Salad


"Who can resist this colorful pasta salad: Red, yellow, and green bell pepper shapes, grated carrots, and Romanesco florets tossed with creamy Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Light Dressing make a delicious meal the kids will love."


35 m servings 323 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 52.8g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 10.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 355 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, grate the carrot and cut the bell peppers into various sized stars and half-moons (crescents).
  3. During the last 3 minutes of cooking the pasta, add the Romanesco broccoli and cook together.
  4. Rinse the pasta and Romanesco broccoli mixture under cool water to prevent further cooking.
  5. Combine the pasta and Romanesco broccoli mixture, grated carrot, bell pepper shapes and olives.
  6. Add the Hidden Valley(R) Original Ranch(R) Light to the pasta and veggies and mix until well combined.
  7. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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  1. 35 Ratings


If you use the packet of HVR dressing mix and make it with Hellman's Light Mayo it tastes just like it wasn't light salad dressing.

This is a quick and easy, kid friendly pasta salad. I didn't have either Romanesco or broccoli but I added red onion and finely diced celery & some halved cherry tomatoes. The grandkids love a...

I have been making this recipe for years and it is always a great go-to for pot lucks. I use a spicy italian dressing and you don't have to worry about spoilage. Also use any combination of r...

This got mixed reviews at a cookout yesterday. Some thought it was too much ranch and others loved it. I thought it could have used a little less dressing and maybe something to give it a little...

Very good! I didn't have a yellow bell pepper and only had roasted red bell peppers in a jar, but it worked out well. I couldn't find Romanesco broccoli, but regular broccoli florets were a fine...

This would be good to take to a potluck or something like that. I found it to be just ok. Cutting stars and moons from bell peppers is for the birds, so I just cut mine into thin strips. I could...

Tonight I made this recipe as a side dish to go with Polska Kielbasa and I was not disappointed. I used a cookie cutter to make the shapes but it really would taste just as good chopped and sav...

Ahh, this one was not a keeper in our house. Ranch and cold pasta is not for us- I even added some lettuce to break it up but it didn't work. What I will keep using is the LIGHT dressing- That ...

Love Hidden Valley products but did not particularly care for this pasta salad. Taste was mediocre at best. On the other hand, it might encourage children to eat their veggies because of the cut...