honey garlic ranch pasta salad

Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad

Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect quick, easy and delicious take along dish for any family barbecue or cookout!  The simple, yet flavorful ingredients work together to create a wonderful fresh and bright experience with every bite!

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

I just love using cherry or grape tomatoes in salads.  Their pop of delicious flavor is usually equal to or exceeds the pop of beautiful color they provide.  Their taste reminds me of the wonderful tomatoes my Mom grew in her garden every summer!  Oh, the memories!

Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad is no different.  The delicious pop of flavor that the tomatoes provide compliments the rich garlic and honey flavors that are blended together in this delicious salad.

And did I say it was quick and easy?  Yes!!!  Yes I did!

First, cook your pasta according to the package directions.  I use Radiatore pasta because the spiral shapes have nooks and crannies that ‘grab and hold’ salad dressing.  This adds to the burst of flavor in every bite of Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad!  It’s a party for your taste buds! 🙂 Yum!

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

While your pasta is cooking, whisk the honey garlic dressing together.

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

I try to use local honey, when it’s available.  Raw honey, locally produced, is certainly my ‘go to’!  And I like to think that it bumps up the flavor profile of Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad a notch or two, also!  Once the dressing is whisked together and ready to go, set it aside.

Next, prep your veggies!  Fresh, bright and delicious, you just can’t beat these flavors!  Cherry tomatoes, celery, onion and bell pepper add a delicious range of flavors!

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

Once your pasta is done and you’ve cooled it in a cold water bath, drain and place in a large mixing bowl.  Then pour the dressing over the pasta and stir gently to combine.

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

Next, fold the prepped veggies into the pasta.

honey garlic ranch pasta salad

Once it’s all mixed together, pour Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad into a seal-able container.  Sprinkle with parsley flakes and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours!  So yummy!

Honey Garlic Ranch Pasta Salad

Quick, easy & delicious!

20 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

16 oz. spiral pasta
½ c. onion, finely diced
1 ½ c. celery sliced
2/3 c. bell pepper, finely diced
10.5 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 ¼ c. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise
3 T. buttermilk
2 T. ranch dressing mix
2 T. honey garlic dry rub
2 T. honey
2 t. garlic, minced
2 t. parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, then plunge into a cold water bath and allow to cool; drain and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, ranch dressing mix, honey garlic dry rub, honey and minced garlic; set aside.
  3. Pour dressing over pasta and fold gently to combine. Then fold the onion, celery, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes into the pasta. Top with parsley flakes. Chill before serving.
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