I don't know about y'all, but Ruby Tuesday's pasta salad is a weakness of mine. I could eat a plateful of that stuff--forget the lettuce, tomatoes, and whatever else. I've also been known to order a side dish and pick it up for dinner. Yes, I love it that much.
So, I set out to find the perfect copycat recipe. I found many websites, with many different recipes. I've tried several different ones, I've added a few ingredients here and there, and I think I've finally created the perfect version.
This isn't the exact recipe (obviously, I omit the peas) but it tastes a lot like it. Actually, it might even taste better!
1 lb. box of Rotini pasta
1 c. Ranch dressing
1 c. mayo
1 pkg. diced ham
1 bag cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbs. of french fry seasoning
(I use Paula Deen's seasoning mix because it's delicious.)
Paula Deen's seasoning mix: 1 c. salt, 1/4 c. pepper, 1/4 c. garlic powder
Mix them together in a small bowl and pour into an empty salt shaker.
(Warning: This is a lot of seasoning mix -- way more than 2 tbs. So, don't dump the whole thing in with the pasta salad.)
1. Cook noodles; drain. Allow noddles to cool.
2. Mix noodles with the remaining ingredients---Ranch dressing, mayo, diced ham, cheddar cheese, and french fry seasoning (or the seasoning mix); stir well.
3. Refrigerate at least two hours prior to serving.
PS. You can always add the peas, if you want. I always pick around them when I eat "the real deal", so I just chose to leave them out of my recipe, altogether.