Plant-Based Shell Salad 💚

So Christmassy!

This is a longer running family tradition from my side of the fam. My mom's mom made it with Italian dressing, tomatoes, olives, and salami. My mom made the switch to ranch and dropped the ingredients she always had to pick out. Then my sister said no way to the salami, so by the time I really remembered it, this was pretty much it! I think the switch to both red and green peppers is pure Christmas, baby!

I made my own Swissy cheese and am very happy with all of it. I'll do a post on that because it came out pretty well. For the dressing, it was the slightly adjusted one from a recent post. If you wanted to add up the total nuts in this huge amount of pasta, I'd ballpark 1.5 ounces from the dressing (since I used half white beans) plus 1.0 ounce from the half block of Swissy cheese = 2.5 ounces total 🙌

1 lb medium shell pasta, cooked
@mcdougallmom ranch dressing, about 3/4 recipe
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4-1/2 white or yellow onion, petite diced
Salt & pepper to taste
A dash or two of kala namak
Dill to taste, optional (I added three pinches)
1/2 recipe Swissy cheese (maybe 4-6 ounces)

The ranch is just fabulous in this pasta dish. 🥳

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