|Special thanks to MS for letting me use his plate for the picture!|
- First, fix the Suddenly Salad. The recipe calls for the ranch & bacon one, but personally, I prefer the Chipotle Ranch, It really doesn't matter which variety you use.
- When the pasta is cooked, rinse with cold water to prevent it from cooking further.
- In a bowl, mix 1 1/4 cups Ranch Dressing with the seasoning packet. Then add the pasta and the cut up chicken.
- In a salad bowl, place the Romaine (or whatever greens you want), broccoli, and carrots. Add whatever veggies you want in there.
Since it's called a "layered salad", you're really supposed to layer the pasta mix on top of the green salad but we've found we like it better keeping them separate. That prevents someone from only getting the pasta...or the salad.
- I slice the tomatoes and put them in a bowl.
- Everyone serves themselves by layering the green salad, then pasta salad, then adding tomatoes (or bacon bits) on top.
I usually have some kind of crackers or pita crisps to go along with the salad.
There you have a quick, easy, Summer Southern Meal!