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Layered Ham and Broccoli Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This bright and pretty Layered Ham and Broccoli Pasta Salad with a made from scratch Lemon Herb Ranch Dressing will add a pop of color to your next spring or summer buffet.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 318 kcal
  • 8 ounces bow-tie pasta
  • 2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced, divided
  • 2 cups chopped fully-cooked ham
  • 8 to 10 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 5 green onions
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips crisp cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Lemon Herb Ranch Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, or as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook about two minutes shy of the package directions. Transfer the cooked pasta to a colander, rinse with cool water, drain very well and transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Bring the pasta water back to a boil and add the broccoli. Cook for two minutes, watching closely to avoid over-cooking (you want it still quite crisp). Remove from the heat and immediately rinse the broccoli in cool water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl, adding as much buttermilk as you'd like to reach desired consistency.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of dressing to the pasta in the mixing bowl and toss to combine.
To assemble the salad:
  1. Arrange half of the lettuce in the bottom of a large glass serving bowl (a trifle dish works well). Top with the ham, broccoli, pasta, half of the tomatoes, green onions, cheese, remaining lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top, scatter the crumbled bacon over the top, sprinkle with the chives and serve.
Make-Ahead Instructions:
  1. Assemble the salad as directed but stop with the last layer of lettuce and tomatoes, reserving the remaining dressing, bacon, and chives. Cover and refrigerate the assembled salad, dressing, bacon, and chives separately for up to 8 hours. When ready to serve, drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and garnish with remaining  bacon and chives.
  2. Serve the salad with the remaining dressing on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Layered Ham and Broccoli Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 612mg27%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 5895IU118%
Vitamin C 34.3mg42%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.