Friday, May 26, 2017

Hidden Valley Pasta Salad Mix Reviewed

Hidden Valley Pasta Salad Reviewed
I rarely get very excited over boxed food, but this Hidden Valley Pasta Salad mix caught my eye when I was in the grocery store a few weeks ago.  

With the hot weather of summer fast approaching, the idea of a cold pasta salad was very appealing.  I thought, why not?  I'll give it a try.  Worst case, I wasted a few dollars and end up tossing it in the trash. 

However, I was pleasantly surprised!

Hidden Valley Pasta Salad - Original Ranch

HIDDEN VALLEY PASTA SALAD ORIGINAL RANCH 7.9 OZHIDDEN VALLEY PASTA SALAD ORIGINAL RANCH 7.9 OZAs it turns out, this is by far the best pasta salad I have ever tasted, bar none.  It took less than 15 minutes to cook the pasta, stir in the sauce and add the required mayonnaise and milk.  With the first bite, I was absolutely shocked at how delicious it tasted. 

I couldn't eat all of the pasta salad I made that day all at one time and I wasn't about to throw it away.  I put the leftovers in the refrigerator.  For the next two days I ate the leftover pasta salad for lunch.  In fact, it was even better the second and third day after the ingredients had "married" overnight.  Plus, after being refrigerated, it was cold and made for a very nice lunch on the warm days that followed. 

I'm pretty excited about the discovery of the Hidden Valley Pasta mixes.   For this first adventure, I made the Original Ranch pasta salad. But, I will definitely be trying the Southwest Ranch next. 

Not only is it great for my own lunch, but I would willingly serve the pasta salad for the holidays, at a ladies luncheon, or as a side for dinner.  It is always nice to have something fast and easy to prepare whether I am cooking just for myself, feeding my family, or entertaining guests. 

Add Vegetables or Meat to Your Pasta Salad

For lunch, I prefer pasta salad without meat, but you can add ham, bacon, chicken or other chopped meat in with the pasta to make a fabulous dinner.  Or, you might want to add fresh vegetables instead.  How do I know it would be fabulous?  Because the base pasta salad is fabulous, so adding a tasty meat or fresh vegetables would simply give it a new twist.

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Hidden Valley Pasta Salad Mix Review Written by:
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  1. I'm with you, Sylvestermouse - I seldom like pre-packaged (boxed) food stuffs, so am delighted to discover that this quick to fix pasta salad mix is truly delicious. I will definitely be trying it out. Thanks much for your 'taste-test' beforehand. And thanks also for mentioning my pasta & shrimp recipe in your review.

  2. Thanks for the great recommendation. I don't eat pasta salads myself, but I appreciate knowing different ideas to serve for guests. I have never been disappointed in Hidden Valley products.

  3. I do love pasta salad (thanks for featuring my recipe above!) and usually add lots of veggies to mine. This is the first I've seen the Hidden Valley Ranch Pasta Salad Mix and what I see here is a great quick base for a fancier pasta salad. Funny that it probably wouldn't have occurred to me to eat it plain, though that's obviously an excellent idea as well! I appreciate the review and your recommendation!

  4. Nothing better than having a quick and easy pasta salad that's ready in minutes as a side dish. These are very handy to have in the pantry. We've tried and like the Homestyle Italian pasta salad. Their dips are also great to have on hand for quick and easy dips for your veggies. Thanks.

  5. Sounds good. I may be joining a small group soon that will have weekly potluck dinners, and this might be quick and easy to take there.

  6. Nice to know! I've eaten and enjoyed a different boxed cold pasta salad over the years, but can't always find it. So it's really good to know that you recommend this brand. Now I have two to choose from.

  7. I've never thought to use this as a dressing for pasta, I'm going to look for a box next time I'm at the grocery store and give this a try

  8. This sounds absolutely perfect for the summer months. I love something that is tasty and easy to prepare. Thanks for this great review. I will have to look for this product the next time I go shopping.


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