Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe

Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe – Here’s my first recipe for our BBQ Side Dish Recipes section.  Yes, it’s named after me even if I did steal it from my mother’s hair dresser some 20 years ago!  Heck, it’s probably on the back of the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing package for all I know but man is it great.

I’ve used this recipe a hundred times and because its so easy, anytime there’s a potluck dinner I take it and everyone loves it.  So far, it’s been one of the favorite dishes everywhere I’ve taken it so you can’t go wrong with this pasta salad recipe.

It’s one of my favorite BBQ side dish recipes because it’s a cool dish vs. hot so it compliments the hot BBQ, hamburgers or whatever you might be grilling for a nice summer afternoon.  I think it’s a nice change from the typical potato salad that everyone has as a side dish for BBQ meals.

Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe

1 whole bell pepper (color of your choice), chopped

1 bag rotini twirl pasta noodles

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 4 oz jar sliced mushrooms, with liquid

1 10 oz pkg. frozen green peas, thawed

1 pkg. dry hidden valley ranch dressing

1 pkg. cooked ham, cut into thin strips


Cook noodes al dente.

While noodles are cooking, make up ranch dressing mix and chill.

In a large bowl, combine drained noodles, bell pepper and tomato.

In a saucepan, combine mushrooms, mushroom liquid and frozen peas.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat slightly and boil gently 2-3 minutes.  Add ham.  Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed.

Pour contents of saucepan into bowl containing noodle mixture.  Add chilled ranch dressing mixture.  Mix well.

Easy Banana Bread Recipe with Cardamom

This amazing Banana Bread Recipe baked with cardamom is soft and delicious especially when served warm at tea-time with butter and jam.

Use over-ripe Bananas for a richer flavor.Banana Bread Recipe.


Makes 1 Loaf.

1/4 pint (150ml) warm water

1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried yeast

pinch of sugar

10 cardamom pods

14 oz (400 g) strong white flour

1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt

2 tablespoon (30 ml) malt extract

2 ripe Bananas,mashed

1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame seeds.


1. Pour warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast, add sugar and mix well. Leave for 10 minutes.

2. Split the cardamom pods. Remove seeds and chop finely.

3. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre. Add yeast mixture, the malt extract, chopped cardamom seeds and Bananas.

4. Slowly add the flour and mix into a soft dough. Add extra water if required.

5. Knead until well combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for a further 5 minutes.

6. Put the dough back into the clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth/towel and leave it to rise for 2 hours until it is double in size.

7. Shape the bread as desired, place on a baking sheet, cover the cloth again and let it rise.

8. Grease/Butter a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 220 degree Celsius or 425 degree Fanrenheit.

9.Brush bread with water, sprinkle with sesame seeds, place in a 450 g (1 lb) loaf tin and bake for 10 minutes, lower oven’s temperature to 200 degree Celsius or 400 degree Fanrenheit.

10. Continue baking for another 20 minutes until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.FROM Banana Bread Recipe to Banana Bread Recipes page.