This Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Creamy Pesto Ranch Dressing is a favorite all year round. It’s loaded with flavor, versatile and is the perfect cold pasta salad to take to any BBQ or gathering.
Need a quick, easy and delicious side salad everyone will love? This is the pasta salad for you.
This pasta salad is made with a creamy pesto ranch dressing and is filled with tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella cheese.
You can also add chicken to this side salad and it can easily pass as a main dish, chicken pesto pasta salad.
This pesto pasta salad recipe is very versatile too. You can easily add some red bell peppers, cucumbers, sliced zucchini, and of course, grilled chicken is a great addition too.
Another fun variation is pepper jack cheese instead of mozzarella and even a few pickled peppers to the pasta salad. YUM!
This cold pesto pasta salad is a perfect side dish for any gathering. It’s a great side for burgers or just grilled chicken.
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This Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Creamy Pesto Ranch Dressing is a favorite all year round. It's loaded with flavor, versatile and is the perfect cold pasta salad to take to any BBQ or gathering.
- 17.6 oz Pasta You can use any fun shap you'd like. Bowtie pasta is really cute in this recipe. Cooked according to package instructions
- 1 cup Mozzerella Cheese or 6-7 cheese sticks cut into 1/2" chunks
- 1.5 cup Cherry Tomatoes
- 2-3 large handfuls Spinach If you're not serving this right away, wait to add the spinach
- 1/2 cup Mayo
- 1/2 cup Buttermilk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Ranch Dressing Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Pesto
In a blender, combine the mayo, buttermilk and ranch dressing mix. Pulse the blender until the ingredients are mixed and creamy. Add the pesto and mix again. Pour the creamy ranch pesto dressing on the pasta salad. Mix until all the pasta and vegetables are coated in the dressing.
Cook pasta according to package directions. After you strain the hot pasta, run cold water over the pasta until the pasta is cool.
Wash and cut cherry tomatoes in half.
Open the string cheese and cut into 1/2" chunks.
Combine the pasta, cherry tomatoes, string cheese, and spinach. (If you're not serving this right away, wait to add the spinach) Add the creamy ranch dressing and toss the salad until all the pasta and veggies are coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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Creamy pesto pasta salad recipe made with your favorite pasta noodles, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spinach in a creamy pesto ranch dressing. Perfect for a BBQ or any family gathering.