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Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad - A flavor-packed side dish that's a total crowd pleaser! |

Next week is already Labor Day weekend? I thought I would have time to savor every drop of this summer, after the worst-ever Polar Vortex we went through last winter. Instead, it seems like summer has gone by even faster than usual.

It’s really not surprising, considering how much I’ve done this summer: kayaking, a big picnic with friends, several baseball games, a trip to Columbus, a charity event at the zoo, a mini vacation with my mom, a mini vacation with my girlfriends, lake time for the 4th of July, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, meeting many of my #SundaySupper friends at the Food & Wine Conference, the annual Ferndale Pub Crawl, my sangria party, a professional soccer game, camping, and the sinus surgery I just had a few days ago (the only not fun part of my summer, that’s for sure). Whew, I’m tired just typing all of that.

Gallo Family Vineyards Riesling |

Regardless of the fact that I’m not ready for the summer to end, it can’t be denied that Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. For this week’s #SundaySupper, sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards, we’re putting together a virtual spread of casual, delicious food for your end-of-summer celebration. We’re toasting the end of an amazing summer with Gallo’s Sweet Red and their new Riesling (which I enjoyed trying for the first time at the Food & Wine Conference!) All of our recipes are either made or paired with one of these wines.

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad - A flavor-packed side dish that's a total crowd pleaser! |

Because Gallo’s new Riesling is perfect with just about any barbecue meal or pasta dish, it seemed natural to enjoy a bottle of it with this party-ready pasta salad that will please a crowd. I took the flavors of buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, but instead of pairing them with chicken, I just stirred them into a veggie-loaded pasta salad. Of course, if you wanted to add diced or shredded chicken to this salad, you certainly could. You could even add blue cheese. But I kept this one nice and light with lots of veggies.

Use the Gallo store locator to find a bottle for your Labor Day entertaining (and use this coupon for $1 off!). Also, be sure to connect with Gallo Family Vineyards on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and find more Labor Day perfect recipes here.

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad - A flavor-packed side dish that's a total crowd pleaser! |

Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (cayenne pepper sauce)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix
  • 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together buffalo sauce, olive oil and ranch mix.
  3. Add celery, carrots, green pepper and pasta to bowl with buffalo sauce mixture; toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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30 Responses to “Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad #SundaySupper”

  1. Renee — August 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

    What a great summer you had. And what a great pasta salad too. I like the spicy kick of the buffalo sauce in it.


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:46 am

      Oh, this one is spicy, for sure :)

  2. Liz — August 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Oh, wow! This is the perfect pasta salad to take to ANY summer gathering! I hope you’re feeling better…sinus surgery is brutal!!!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:46 am

      Six day later, and I am *almost* back to normal. Have a follow-up appt. tomorrow to take some splints out, and then I should be good to go. Wasn’t too bad!

  3. Shaina — August 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Your salad looks great! I like that you kept it vegetarian friendly – pasta salads made up of all veggies are perfect for BBQs since you know the grill will be loaded up with tons of meat! 


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:47 am

      Definitely! If you can’t depend on a pasta salad to be vegetarian, then what is the world coming to? :)

  4. Gourmet Getaways — August 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Your pasta looks bright and fun! Enough reason to brighten up the dining room with the family :)

    Gourmet Getaways


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks Julie!

  5. Emily {Jelly Toast} — August 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I adore pasta salad and yours with a glass of Riesling looks like a perfect Labor Day treat!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks so much, Emily!

  6. Nichole — August 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    This is my kind of pasta salad!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:48 am


  7. Katie — August 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Love all of the bright veggies in this pasta salad – I would totally be loading my plate up!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:49 am

      Thanks Katie!

  8. Betsy @ Desserts Required — August 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    You could not have made it any easier to make a delicious dish for Labor Day entertaining.  Then again, this is too good not to enjoy every day!!!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:50 am

      Thanks Betsy!

  9. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    What a beautiful dish, lori! And I love the bowl!!!! Fantastic color with your yummy pasta!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:50 am

      Thanks Susan! I use any excuse to break that bowl out :)

  10. Alida — August 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a perfect pasta salad for any party (or any time!).  Love the buffalo and ranch flavors…just wonderful Lori! 


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      Thanks Alida! You really can’t go wrong when the words “buffalo” and “ranch” are involved, right? :)

  11. Heather // girlichef — August 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I swear, this summer just flew by! This pasta salad sounds fantastic, and I just love your idea of adding blue cheese (I don’t think I could resist).


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

      Haha yeah, the real reason it’s not in there is because I forgot to buy it and was too lazy to go to the store ;) Otherwise, I’d be alllllll about the blue cheese.

  12. Family Foodie — August 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Love love love that we were able to meet at the Food and Wine Conference! My boys are crazy for anything buffalo ranch and I can not wait to make this pasta salad for them!!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:54 am

      I was so glad we were able to meet as well! I think your boys will love this :)

  13. Hezzi-D — August 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Everything is better with buffalo sauce! Love this pasta salad.


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:55 am

      Thanks Heather!

  14. Anne @ Webicurean — August 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It sounds as if you had a busy summer! Pasta salad is one of my favorite foods, and I love that this one looks light and not heavy on sauce… yum!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 9:56 am

      That’s the way I like pasta salad too, Anne. I hate it when there’s way too much sauce. It just needs a light coating :)

  15. Marion@Life Tastes Good — August 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

    We love buffalo anything so this pasta dish is going to have make an appearance on our table soon! You have had a busy summer! My goodness! I’m sorry I missed meeting you at the conference – I was so bummed about that – hopefully next year! Thanks for sharing this delicious dish, Lori!


    • Lori Yates replied: — August 29th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

      I know, Marion, I was bummed we didn’t get to meet. I don’t think I realized you were there until I got home! Hopefully next year is right :)

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