When the weather is nice and I’m planning on spending the whole day (or more) out exploring state parks, or on a day-trip of any sort I am usually trying to come up with a way to plan a picnic lunch to go along with it. Pasta salads are one of my favorite picnic meals and this Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Pasta Salad is my all time favorite of all. They are easy to make ahead, transport and serve- with lots of flavor and little clean up I can’t think of a better picnic starter.
Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Pasta Salad
This Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe has a little bit of everything- veggies, meat and packed with flavor and carbohydrates to get you through those long hiking club walks! Just bring along a loaf of good bread and some cheese and you’ve got a whole meal!
The recipe is as easy and throwing together all the ingredients and mixing together. I would recommend keeping the avocados out until the end so that they don’t get smooshed up.
Note: If you’re making this salad the night before a day trip I would even leave the avocado out until the morning of, or add once you get set up for your picnic. This way you will have a truly fresh avocado flavor along with all the other delicious ingredients.
I do like to make my own ranch dressing, as it’s healthier and tastier that way, but feel free to use store-bought ranch dressing. It will still be an amazing salad!
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