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.