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French Dressing Pasta Salad

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This French dressing pasta salad is so simple to make and perfect for fall. The bright orange color that it gets from the French dressing along with the green peas make me think of fall.

You can use what ever pasta you like for this salad. I decided to use farfalle or also known bow tie pasta. I think it makes the perfect bite for salads.

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The salad also include frozen peas that have been thawed along with diced up red onion and Canadian bacon. If you happen to have some ham on hand, it works just as good as the Canadian bacon. You also add in some shredded cheddar cheese.

The dressing itself is just French dressing from a bottle. It’s a nice balance of sweet and spicy. However, it does get the addition of some sour cream, salt, and pepper. This is what gives it that super bright orange color. I do want to try this French Dressing Pasta Salad next time using the cream French dressing and see how the flavor is.

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French Dressing Pasta Salad

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French Dressing Pasta Salad

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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  • 4 cups uncooked farfalle or bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup French dressing
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 (6 oz) package Canadian bacon (or ham works)
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus additional if desired for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rise with cold water.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together to French dressing, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, red onion, Canadian bacon, and peas. Add in 1/2 of the prepared dressing. toss until everything is coated. Add more dressing as needed to reach the consistency you want.  Chill in the fridge for at least 12 hours. Mix in cheese just before serving. Garnish with additional cheese for serving if desired. Serves 6 as a main dish.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
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This recipe is adapted from A Seasoned Greeting.

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