This is a take off on the classic Bacon Ranch salad. My family wanted a little more zip and character. Since I first made this, it is the only recipe people want me to make for pot lucks.
A warm spinach and rigatoni salad that closely resembles a dish done by the Frankie, Johnny, and Luigi's chain of restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's even better there, but this is darn close.
When asked what he wanted us to bring for his birthday potluck, he told us that he wanted a creamy pesto pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion and artichoke hearts. This is what I came up with, and it tastes fabulous!
A Greek-style pasta salad for summer cookouts, or on the table at dinner time.
I worked for a cafeteria at one time and learned how to make several pasta salads for our salad bar. This one is excellent. It is chock-full of ingredients and is great to serve in the summer when it is hot and humid (like it is upstate NY), and you're not interested in cooking or eating much. This one is loaded with goodies and is great to bring to a potluck as well.
A basic salad; something light and refreshing for your cookout or picnic.