Homemade Pasta salad

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This pasta salad recipe is a delightful combination of flavors and textures that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. It features al dente pasta tossed with crisp cucumber, tangy red onion, and creamy shredded cheese. The salad is then generously coated with a luscious ranch dressing, adding a creamy and savory element to the dish. The optional garnish of fresh parsley or dill adds a touch of freshness and visual appeal. This pasta salad is a versatile and refreshing option for picnics, potlucks, or as a side dish for any occasion.


8 ounces of pasta (any shape you prefer)
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella work well)
1/2 cup ranch dressing
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley or dill for garnish (optional)


Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the cooked pasta and rinse it under cold water to halt the cooking process. Set aside.
Prepare the vegetables: In a spacious mixing bowl, combine the diced cucumber and thinly sliced red onion. Toss them together to ensure even distribution.
Add the pasta and cheese: Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the bowl with the cucumber and onion. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
Mix in the ranch dressing: Drizzle the ranch dressing over the pasta salad. Begin with half of the dressing and add more as needed to achieve your preferred level of creaminess. Gently toss the salad to coat all the ingredients evenly. If desired, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish and serve: Optionally, garnish the pasta salad with fresh parsley or dill for added freshness and appeal. Serve and enjoy!

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