Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side for all your summer meals! Creamy, easy to prepare, this is a hit at BBQ’s and picnics!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side for all your summer meals! Creamy, easy to prepare and always a hit, you'll love this dish!

Summer and pasta salad just go hand in hand at my house, maybe they do at your house too. Pasta salad is quick, economical and delicious! Not to mention versatile, there are a million varieties but today I’m sharing with you my favorite mayonnaise-based pasta salad. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is a dish I’ve been preparing for so many years.

Normally I prepare this salad using rotini shaped pasta, but you can use pretty much any shape you desire. There’s nothing complicated about this dish either, that’s the beauty of it. Most ingredients you’ll probably have in your pantry or refrigerator and you just make, refrigerate and enjoy.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side for all your summer meals! Creamy, easy to prepare and always a hit, you'll love this dish!

Everyone needs their go-to summer BBQ or Picnic recipes – and Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is one of mine. To be honest? It’s one of my go-to summer recipes end of story. I’m fine with just having this for dinner – but I mainly use it as a side dish…or a snack…or breakfast – I really love this pasta salad and you’re going to too!

Easy tasty dishes are the way I like to live in the summer. And nothing beats a cool pasta salad on a hot summer night right?

Other great easy recipes to try:

Zesty Ranch Grilled Chicken Thighs
Zesty Ranch Grilled Chicken Thighs | Who Needs A Cape?

Cherry Lemonade
Make a big pitcher of our family favorite Cherry Limeade! Perfect for entertaining and summertime sipping, you'll love the sweet & tart combo.

No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfait
No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfait has layer upon layer of deliciousness! A desert that's ready in a snap, perfect for summer parties.

Yield: 12 servings (as a side dish)

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Adapted From [Allrecipes |]


  • 1 12 oz. box of rotini pasta
  • 10 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1 oz. package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup milk, or more as needed
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1 small can (2.25 oz) sliced black olives
  • 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and Lawry's. Stir in milk until smooth.
  3. Place pasta, bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing.
  4. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Add additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side for all your summer meals! Creamy, easy to prepare, this is a hit at BBQ's and picnics!

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  1. Classic combinations in classic, weeknight dinner any family would love! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  2. This looks absolutely delicious. Anytime bacon and ranch are combined it’s sure to be a hit! I would love for you to share it at our weekly link party!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  3. ohhh yummy! I love anything with bacon and pasta!! Thanks again for linking up with Pin It! Tuesday!

  4. Yum! Bacon and ranch are two of my favorite flavor combinations.

  5. My family really enjoys Ranch and pasta but I have never put them together. This looks YUMMY!
    Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes.

    Diane Roark

  6. Family Loves This Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. I made this today for a cookout later and it is literally a meal in itself. It is so delicious! Definitely my new go to dish! Thank you for the recipe!

  8. Delicious! The best pasta salad I’ve ever had.

  9. Great idea for pasta salad lovers!! I now have 4 different salads everyone loves. I mixed mayo and ranch (not powder) with garlic; no tomatoes or olives and had smoke provolone & sharp cheddar.
    2 thumbs up. A serious winner


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