Make Ahead

Pasta Salad with Ham, and Cheese

June 20, 2011
Author Notes

This is a versitile salad and I get requests for it all the time. You can use for a dressing either an bottled Italian dressing, which is perfect for taking to a picnic, or a bottled ranch dressing which is delicious as well.
You can change the meats and cheeses as well. Nice additions are hard salami, mortadella, your choices of cheeses.
This is easily doubled or increased in any quatity for a group also. —jane mcmillan

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 10 to 12
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pasta, your choice farfalle, spaghetti, corkscrew tri color pasta is nice here too
  • 3 tablespoons green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3 ounces deli ham, diced
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup bottled Italian or ranch dressing, your choice
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Cook pasta to package directions, run cold water over, and drain well.
  2. In a large bowl put the pasta, and all other ingredients, using 3/4 cup of salad dressing of choice.
  3. If I am taking to a picnic, I would use Italian dressing.
  4. Cover and chill. Right before serving, stir in the 1/4 reserved salad dressing, as pasta will absorb dressing.
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