This cool, creamy, and refreshing Easy Pasta Salad Dressing will be the only condiment you’ll need this summer!

Only 3 ingredients and just a few minutes are needed to make this tasty dressing for pasta salad. It’s the perfect all-purpose summertime dressing that can also be used as a dip, a spread, a sauce, or even a topping for baked potatoes! Be sure to make a double batch because it will go fast!

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Easy Pasta Salad Dressing


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Best Dressing for Pasta Salad

  • Three ingredients and 1 step? Easy peasy! Just whisk it and chill it.
  • Use this dressing as a dip, a spread, or a sauce over grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp.
  • Double up the recipe and use it all summer long for burgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, and even fried fish filets.

3 Ingredient Recipe

MAYONNAISE: Mayonnaise is the base for this creamy dressing and any variety will do. Try Miracle Whip for a tangy flavor.

MILK: Whole milk always delivers the best flavor in a dressing. However, other non-dairy milk alternatives like almond and oat milk will deliver delicious results, too.

RANCH DRESSING: Packets of ranch dressing are easy to find, affordable, and can be used in many ways. Try a DIY ranch or Italian dressing mix and adjust the seasonings to your liking.  

Easy Method to Make Pasta Salad Dressing

This two-step recipe is so simple. 

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Great to Make Ahead!

This dip can be served immediately after mixing, but is recommended to refrigerate for a short while to enhance the flavors.

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How To Use Pasta Salad Dressing

Use this dressing on a variety of salads such as this Mediterranean pasta salad or ranch macaroni salad with bacon and chicken. Or serve as a dip with fresh cucumbers, celery, carrots, and cauliflower. Try dipping air fryer frozen fries, sweet potato fries, pepperoni pizza rolls, or air fryer frozen chicken wings into this creamy condiment, it’s delicious!

Recipe Tips and Storage

Keep this dressing in a cruet or a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Freeze in small zippered bags or in ice cubes to pop into a creamy potato soup or garlic mashed potatoes.

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Easy Pasta Salad Dressing

Make this delicious and creamy dressing for pasta salad with just 3 ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing powder


  • Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.


  • This recipe will make enough dressing for a salad that will serve about 8 people. So nutrition is calculated on 8 servings.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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