Pasta Salads are the best dish to have when camping. They’re simple, can be made up ahead of time, stay fresh for a few days (in the refrigerator of course), and go with just about every meal. Pasta salads can be made up with just about anything you want, making it easy to cater to those picky eaters. But here is one delicious recipe that will definitely please the family by mixing a classic sandwich and a yummy side!
1 pound bow tie pasta
1 cup Kraft Zest Italian Salad Dressing (Kraft Zesty Italian now has even more herbs & spices!)
1/2 cup Kraft Creamy Ranch (The Classic Ranch is now creamier, with more buttermilk and savory herbs.)
1 pound thick cut bacon, fried until crispy then cut into strips or crumbled (I think strips looks prettier, but it *is more work)
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced (heirlooms work great here if you can get your hands on them)
10 leaves of crispy romaine lettuce, washed / dried / and cut chopped into bite sized pieces
1 small onion red onion, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.
Drain pasta and rinse under cold water until cool.
While the water is coming to a boil, heat a skillet over medium heat, add bacon strips, and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
Place cooled pasta in a large serving bowl; set aside.
In a small bowl combine zesty Italian dressing and ranch, mix well. Add dressing to pasta and toss well to coat pasta.
Add bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion to the pasta bowl, mix well to combine, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve at once, or chill until ready to eat!