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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Halle's Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Halle is my 13 year old daughter with great goals of becoming a chef one day. She loves to cook and comes up with some rather tasty dishes. This recipe was one that she created and made for a family reunion....and let me tell you, it was a HIT. I love the way the bacon compliments the chicken, it all just makes your mouth water. This salad is a great way to wrap up your summer barbecues or those fun, easy dinners that seem to go hand in hand with warm weather and summer time cooking. This salad is delish, mark my word...you are going to want to eat the entire bowl full! I can't wait to make it again (oh wait...I will just have Halle make it)! I know that it will become a favorite in our house.

Halle's Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

1 16 oz. box Rotini (or other noodles) cooked according to package directions, drain and cool
2 lb. bacon, cooked, drained, cooled- then crumbled
2-3 c. grated cheddar cheese
4-6 grilled skinless chicken breast (you can grill it or you can buy already grilled chicken in the deli
      section of your grocery store...we grilled it on our grill), cut into cubes
Mayonnaise (the REAL stuff) 
* I like Best Foods or Western Family brands the best...but use your favorite
1/2 c. Ranch Dressing (more or less depending on what you like)
salt
pepper
season salt

In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, cooled crumbled bacon, grilled chicken (cooled completely) and grated cheese. Mix well. Add desired amount of mayonnaise, ranch and seasonings. Taste and add more seasonings as needed. (It's a "taste as you make" kind of salad) Stir all ingredients together. Serve.

Happy Cooking~
Julie

2 comments:

  1. Looks yummy to me. I think I will just have to try this one! Thanks.

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  2. Oooh. This totally reminds me of the famous pasta salad served at my favorite bar in college. If I threw in some tomatoes, and a few other veggies, this would come pretty close. Delicious. Your daughter is definitely a budding gourmet.

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