The Tailgater's Handbook Recipes

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Here is my favorite pasta salad (not pictured).  I like it because it has a bite, but still has the ability to not overpower the main courses like bratwurst.  You can use about any ingredients you like, but try this chip dip mixer, you'll love it.


One package of ranch flavor party dip (chip dip not salad dressing)

One cup of sour cream

One cup of milk

One pound of college shaped or your favorite spiral pasta

Three cups assorted veggies (I like green peppers, radishes, onions, celery, red peppers etc.)

One cup of large, pitted olives

1/4 cup crisp chopped bacon pieces


Prepare the party dip per directions with a wire whisk.  Let the mixture thicken in the refrigerator. Cook the pasta, al dente (probably eight to ten minutes) and then drain it in a colander.  Using a large plastic resealable container, add the pasta and chopped veggies and bacon.  Chill the mixture in the sealed container in the fridge.  On game day, mix in the party dip, and put the container into your cooler/ice chest.  It's ready to go and by tailgate time it will be great with any sandwich or chicken.


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