Pasta Salad with Green Goddess Dressing is a simple, healthy and light summer meal recipe and it’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This easy, creamy, classic pasta salad would also be great for lunch, and it would be awesome for a picnic or even to take to a neighborhood cookout or barbecue.
This yummy pasta salad is loaded with fresh cherry tomatoes, salty bacon, and a surprise ingredient, tangy goat cheese. And, as if that wasn’t enough deliciousness, it’s topped with a flavorful green goddess dressing filled with fresh, pungent basil and parsley.
Pasta Salad with Green Goddess Dressing only takes minutes to prepare and is one of those dishes that is even better the next day. This pasta dish is also versatile, and you could easily add some additional fresh veggies to ramp up the nutritional value. Or, if you are really short on time, you could substitute purchased prepared ranch dressing for the green goddess dressing. Another option would be to add an avocado to the green goddess dressing, which would really send it over the top!
The ingredients for this Pasta Salad are simple and include pasta, olive oil, regular or cherry tomatoes, bacon and fresh basil. The Green Goddess dressing ingredients include mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, anchovy paste, scallions, garlic, basil, parsley, lemon juice, kosher salt, and pepper.
When you are ready to make this delicious Pasta Salad with Green Goddess Dressing, gather your ingredients.
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package to the al dente stage and drain.
Cook bacon until brown and crispy and drain. Chop.
Add pasta, tomatoes, goat cheese, basil, and bacon to a large bowl along with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss gently. Set aside.
To make the Green Goddess Dressing add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Add one cup dressing to the pasta salad and toss gently. Reserve the remaining dressing and add if the pasta salad looks dry before serving.
Store covered in the refrigerator.