Ranch Pasta Salad

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This ranch pasta salad is the perfect side dish! Cooked pasta is tossed with veggies and coated in a creamy homemade ranch dressing with fresh herbs.

If you grew up on ranch dressing like I did, I know you’re going to love this pasta salad recipe! It’s creamy and delicious, but surprisingly vegetarian (easily made vegan) and gluten-free!

Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.

Whether you want a simple light lunch or are looking for the perfect summer pasta salad recipe to bring to a potluck, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.

It’s so Easy to Whip Up!

This ranch pasta salad is really easy to make (even with the homemade ranch dressing)!

You just have to boil the pasta, chop the veggies, whisk the dressing and then combine everything! I like to mix it up a few hours in advance so the flavors can meld together and the salad has time to chill in the fridge.

Ingredients measured out to make ranch pasta salad including pasta, veggies, Greek yogurt and herbs.

Here’s What You Need

  • pasta – I recommend using a gluten-free pasta, but any type of pasta works. I used Banza rotini.
  • cucumber – finely chopped for a refreshing pop of flavor. I love using mini cucumbers or english cucumbers because they have less seeds.
  • broccoli – I love the texture, color and flavor that fresh broccoli adds! Feel free to use pre-chopped broccoli for a shortcut.
  • red bell pepper – a slightly sweet addition to the salad. It adds a great crunch too!
  • sweet vidalia onion – you can also use a white onion if you can’t find a vidalia onion!
  • homemade ranch dressing – a creamy combination of Greek yogurt, mayo, fresh dill, fresh chives, white vinegar, garlic salt, onion powder, black pepper and sea salt.
Greek yogurt ranch in a bowl with a spoon.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

If you’re intimidated by making homemade ranch, don’t be! All you have to do is whisk all of the ingredients together. The hardest part is mincing the dill and chives… which is pretty simple! After mixing your dressing, store it in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to marinade as you prep the rest of the salad.

tip!
Make this dressing vegan by using vegan sour cream or vegan yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt and vegan mayo in place of the regular mayo! Or you can make my vegan ranch dressing instead! 
Red belle pepper, cucumber, broccoli, onion and pasta in a bowl before being tossed together.

Can I Use Store-Bought Ranch?

While I do think homemade dressing is so much better than store-bought dressing (and super simple to make!), you can absolutely use store-bought ranch. Here are the brands I recommend:

  • Tessemae’s Organic Creamy Ranch
  • Primal Kitchen’s Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing with Avocado Oil
  • Sir Kensington’s Classic Ranch

All of these options are dairy-free and made with great ingredients!

Pouring Greek yogurt ranch dressing over pasta and veggies to make pasta salad.

What to Serve with Ranch Pasta Salad

Like I mentioned earlier, this would be the perfect side for a backyard BBQ or potluck. Here’s what I would serve it with:

Fork taking a bite of ranch pasta salad.

How Long Will Ranch Pasta Salad Last?

I recommend storing any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last 3-5 days!

Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.

More Pasta Salads to Try:

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

3 from 117 votes
This creamy ranch pasta salad is the perfect side dish! Cooked pasta is tossed with veggies and coated in a creamy homemade ranch dressing with fresh herbs.
Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces gluten-free pasta, (I used Banza Rotini)
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup bite-size broccoli florets
  • ½ small red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup diced sweet vidalia onion

Creamy Ranch Dressing

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, (I used avocado oil mayo)
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta: Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
  • Make dressing: Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    Side by side photos showing a spoon mixing together a Greek yogurt ranch dressing in a bowl.
  • Toss: In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cucumber, broccoli, bell pepper, and onion.
  • Add dressing: Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and gently toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper, adding more if needed. Serve right away or refrigerate in a container with a lid for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve.
    Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.

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Notes

  • Vegan version: Use vegan sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt and vegan mayo instead of regular mayo. Or make my vegan ranch dressing.
  • Non gluten-free option: Use regular pasta. Just be sure to only use 8 oz of dry pasta as most regular pasta comes in a 16 oz box. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups Calories: 470kcal Carbohydrates: 39g Protein: 18g Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 524mg Potassium: 180mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 10g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ranch pasta salad

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    16 comments
    1. Giftbasketworldwide
      September 10, 2021 AT 12:38 am

      4 stars
      Totally enjoyable one!! Thanks a lot!

    2. Sara
      July 11, 2021 AT 5:18 pm

      5 stars
      This is SO yummy! I’d never tried Banza before, but definitely will again. We used paleo mayo I made with olive oil and added even more of the veggies and it was super delicious and filling! The recommended veggies in the recipe are great in it, but I think it could also be a fab “clean out the fridge” recipe. My two year old gobbled it up too! I’ll definitely add this to our regular repertoire :). Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 10:56 am

        Woo!! I love hearing this, Sara! I’m so glad this pasta salad was such a success. Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

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      July 2, 2021 AT 3:14 am

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      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2021 AT 9:44 am

        Thanks!!

    4. Rachael
      June 30, 2021 AT 9:22 pm

      If making this a couple days ahead, should you wait to put the ranch dressing on until closer to serving Time?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2021 AT 12:50 pm

        You could top the salad with the ranch and let it sit before serving so the flavors have time to marinate together. Since it’s a pasta salad it shouldn’t get too soggy. You could totally wait to put it on until right before serving – up to you!

    5. Denise
      June 23, 2021 AT 10:29 pm

      What can you substitute for the Mayo?? We do not like anything about mayonnaise!!! Otherwise the recipe looks and sounds delicious!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2021 AT 5:55 pm

        Hey Denise – You could try using more yogurt instead of mayo. I haven’t tried it, but let me know how it turns out if you decide to try it!

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