I love quick easy salads. This one totally fits the bill. Plus it has bacon. How can you ever go wrong with bacon???
I've seen this at deli's for a lot of money, it's quite expensive and by the time you've brought it anywhere, the lettuce is all wilted and worthless.
Save yourself a ton of money and make this one. Seriously. It's good.
I made it for my Luau recently and it was the only salad that completely disappeared. I made it again a month later for a BBQ at my dad's. Again, it was a complete hit.
I like to make the noodles and the bacon the night before. I put about 3/4 of the ranch dressing in the noodles right away so it soaks in all the nummy-ness. (that's a word, right?) Then it's easy to just grab it and throw it together.
Adapted from Full Bellies, Happy Kids
1 - 14.5 oz. box of Rotini, Barilla Plus (you can use any rotini, I just like this kind)
1 bottle ranch dressing, light (I used Kraft Three Cheese Ranch)
2 - 3 tomatoes, diced
1 pack turkey bacon (I used Jennie'o Extra Lean Turkey Bacon)
1/2 head lettuce, shredded
Cook pasta according to package. Cool. Cook bacon until crispy. Cool and crumble. Stir ranch into noodles. Add bacon, tomatoes and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add lettuce right before ready to serve. **I like to make the noodles ahead. I add about 3/4 of the dressing and leave overnight. Then I add the rest of the ranch, bacon, tomatoes later.
Total calories = 3115 calories
This is a huge salad. I didn't measure out the portions. If you stick to the low calorie bacon, you could probably get a large sized portion for about 150 - 200 calories tops. Feel free to add more tomato or other veggies to bulk it up a bit too!
Other salads you might enjoy!
Quinoa Black Bean Cold Salad
Summer Spiced Carrot Slaw
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.