Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Tender pasta is coated in creamy ranch dressing, bacon and lots of other goodies in this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. This pasta salad is perfect for summer barbecues and is always a hit!

Tender pasta is coated in creamy ranch dressing, bacon and lots of other goodies in this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI’ve got one delicious pasta salad to share with you today! It’s Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad and it is divine. It is a variation to the classic and out of this world good! This side dish is bursting with flavor. The creamy dressing combined with a few extra goodies coats the noodles perfectly. This recipe is a must-make!

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad manages to be both flavorful and light. I love that it’s not overpowering like a lot of other pasta salads I’ve tried. It really is delicious. Everyone gobbles this up! It’s the perfect side dish for any summer barbecue or potluck dinner. 🙂

Tender pasta is coated in creamy ranch dressing, bacon and lots of other goodies in this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.



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Tender pasta is coated in creamy ranch dressing, bacon and lots of other goodies in this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.


Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Rotini pasta coated in a creamy Ranch dressing, bacon and lots of other goodies. This pasta salad is always a hit!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly


  • 1 package 12 oz. tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 package 1 oz. dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 slices cooked bacon chopped* (see notes below)
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 can 4.25 oz. sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rotini pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain water. Rinse pasta with cold water to cool. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, dry ranch mix, garlic powder and milk. Add pasta, cooked bacon pieces, tomato, olives and cheese to the bowl. Gently toss to combine everything.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.


*I love to use Oscar Meyer packages of pre-cooked bacon pieces to save on time.
*When ready to serve you can toss with a little extra milk if it seems dry.


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48 thoughts on “Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

  1. I’ve made this twice in the last month since finding the recipe and am currently making it for lunches this week at work. It is delicious!!!

    1. Linda, this sounds like a great idea! Going to add chicken the next time I make this, which should be real soon! Great recipe!!!

  2. I’m making this for our friends’ BBQ on Friday….can’t wait to try it….thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  3. This was awesome! I actually heated the sauce with the pasta and added cubes of chicken and made it an actual dish, deff will add this to my recipe book.

      1. I made this yesterday & I love the black olives in this salad. Chicken would be a nice addition. The only thing I might leave out next time, I not a huge Cheddar Cheese fan, I would probably leave it out or add less. Green onions might be a good addition.

  4. Several of your dishes make an appearance at every birthday party I throw and this is def going on the party menu for next Sat! Looks delicious!!!

  5. This is delicious. I made it for my 2 year old daughter’s Minnie Mouse birthday. I used bow tie pasta and labeled it Minnie’s Bow-Tie Pasta. It was a hit!

  6. I love this so much a friend made it for a potluck and I liked it so much i now make it for myself. but i like to use ranch dressing instead of the dried packet stuff, it tastes better to me.

  7. I made this for a church function and it went fast. My wife put some green onion on top and crispy bacon really makes this dish. Also quartered some grape tomatoes. The amount of dressing was perfect. Definitely will make again. And so easy.

  8. Thank you for this great recipe! I cut the bacon by half because believe it or not, I have the one human being in the planet who doesn’t adore bacon living in my house! 😉 I used WholeFoods dry ranch mix and it had tons of flavor. A real winner.

  9. We have a potluck for my daughter’s Girl Scouts troop tomorrow and I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to find a pasta salad that looked fun but was simple enough the pickiest eaters would like it. This looks like it will fit for everyone. I’m going to throw it together tonight so it’s ready for dinner tomorrow!

  10. 5 stars
    UNBELIEVABLY delicious! Love 🙂 I used crispy oVen roasted prociutto (roasted for 10 minutes at 400 degrees on parchment Paper) in place of bacOn. My extremely picky daughter devoured her first bowl, telling me it was like a BLT in a saLad. DEFINITELY a keeper. Thank yOu!!!

  11. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Got so tired of the boxes variety…just tastes boxed. Thank you again. Making today!

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