Recipe: Perfect Layered Pasta Salad

Layered Pasta Salad. Layered Pasta Salad has layers of macaroni, red onion, peas, ham, cheese, tomato and is tossed in a ranch dressing. I found this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, a fundraiser cookbook put together by fellow dairy farmers in Indiana. I just love how easy and pretty layered salads are.

Layered Pasta Salad Watch the VIDEO to see how easy it is to make! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more. This tasty salad is the perfect make-ahead dish for gatherings and potlucks. You can have Layered Pasta Salad using 8 ingredients and 3 steps. Here is how you achieve that.

Ingredients of Layered Pasta Salad

  1. It’s 3 cups of pasta shells, cooked and drained.
  2. You need 1 of large red onion thinly sliced.
  3. Prepare 1 (10 ounce) of pkg frozen peas thawed, drained.
  4. You need 6 ounces of deli style smoked ham chopped.
  5. You need 1/2 cup of mayonnaise.
  6. Prepare 1/2 cup of bottled ranch dressing.
  7. It’s 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar).
  8. Prepare 1 cup of grape tomatoes halved.

It's a happy medium between a green salad and pasta salad—similar to tortellini salad, tuna salad, and asian pasta salad. This Cold Pasta Salad is a colorful side dish for BBQ's and potlucks. With layers of ham, eggs, salami, veggies, and cheese, it is hearty and delicious! This Cold Pasta Salad tastes as good as it looks!

Layered Pasta Salad instructions

  1. Layer first four ingredients in 3 qt bowl..
  2. Mix mayonnaise and ranch dressing til blended; spread over salad, sealing to edges. Top with cheese and tomatoes..
  3. Refrigerate several hours. Toss gently before serving..

It is a complementary side dish at BBQ's and potlucks, but it really is a full and hearty meal in itself. Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta. Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. It's finished with a topping of a mayonnaise based ranch dressing and garnished with chopped bacon and sliced green onion.