Confession time: until last month, I’d never tried ranch dressing.
I’d heard about it (mainly from American films), and I know a lot of my friends love it, but I’d never actually tried it for myself.
Well it turns out, I’m a big fan. There’s just something so comforting about the creamy garlicky-ness…
Especially when it’s mixed in with tender pasta, crunchy bacon, and fresh greens!
Back in the 1980s, Hollywood film star Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) created a company called Newman’s Own.
He used to make salad dressings at home, and they were so popular that eventually he set up his own company, bottling and selling the dressings, and donating 100% of the post-tax profits to charity.
I’ve been working with the brand this month to create four salad recipes and this is the very last in the bunch, so make sure you savour it!
So. This salad. This is the one that the girls all voted as their favourite at my garden party a couple of weeks ago. I had to go back to the kitchen twice and refill the bowl, because the girls ate ALL OF IT.
And to be fair, I can’t really blame them. I’ve been eating this one regularly since I first made it a month ago! It’s great for a packed lunch in the office, but it’s also so incredibly easy to make a big batch of it for a picnic or summer garden party.
I love pasta in general, but find that it can get a bit hot and heavy in summertime. So a chilled pasta salad is the perfect way to get my carb fix without overheating.
The Newman’s Own Ranch dressing is made with buttermilk, garlic and parsley, and it’s fantastic. Punchy, creamy, and it clings beautifully to the pretty pasta bows.
Then all you need are some crispy bacon bits, some green peas, and a handful of fresh baby spinach, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of summery pasta perfection!
*This post is sponsored by Newman’s Own.
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