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Cucumber Shell Salad

Ranch dressing is the mild coating for this pleasant pasta salad alive with the fresh flavors of crunchy cucumber, onion and green peas. Someone always seems to want the recipe! —Paula Ishii, Ralston, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 medium cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, peas, cucumber and onion. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 187 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • resalee
    Jul 3, 2020

    I was interested in this salad because of the cucumbers and wanted to see if there was another vegetable pasta dish better than my usual one. While it was good, it wasn't great. It lacked flavor for me. Maybe some Parmesan or spices such as oregano might spice it up. But then I could just go back to my favorite.

  • William
    Apr 3, 2020

    Dolores-March 2019--What do you like? Bacon?, turkey?Olives?Try something different., whatever you like in a salad, just add it.

  • Dawn
    Aug 21, 2019

    I made this recipe today and used the ingredients as presented-the only difference is that I cooked the measurements of the pasta shells separately, then rinsed pasta, and for the 2nd portion of pasta, I'd used the pasta water and added just enough water for the remaining amount of pasta! Everything else was kept as recipe directed!

  • Dolores
    Mar 17, 2019

    Mine had no flavor. What can I add to give ot some kind of taste. I don't want to throw it away.

  • DM05259
    Aug 9, 2017

    I love this salad, i found the recipe and made it while I was visiting my son and i have made it at least three more times. It is so easy and great to have as a side dish or as a main dish, i know i will keep making it all the time especially since I am a vegetarian o would recommend it

  • Starlakay
    Aug 4, 2015

    I liked it but too much ranch dressing. I will reduce it by one third.

  • shecooksalot
    Jul 5, 2011

    This is a nice simple creamy salad. It was a cinch to make and tasted great. It may need a touch more in the way of seasonings, or maybe I need a stronger flavored ranch dressing, but the flavor combination is still great. It also made alot!!!!! Great for a family gathering.

  • sweet_tooth
    Aug 13, 2009

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