Bacon makes everything better right? Pasta salad is no exception! This BLT Ranch Pasta Salad has all the flavor of your favorite sandwich, combined with ranch to create an amazing flavor combination that everyone loves! Bonus- it is super easy to make!
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Pasta salad is one of our staple meals in the summer, we head to our lake cabin and I whip up a nice big one that can last all weekend as the kids come and go. It is perfect for snacks, lunch, or alongside a delicious burger or grilled chicken breast for a quick and super tasty dinner!
I have a handful of recipes that I make several times throughout the summer and this one is always a favorite! It gets eaten up quickly, and so many people have asked how I make it. It is almost tempting not to tell them because it is SO easy!
This recipe will become a staple in your summer arsenal for picnics, bbqs, the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any evening!
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Here are a few tips for this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad-
Can I make this ahead of time-
You may want to have this ready to go for a picnic or party and wonder if you can make it a day or 2 ahead, you can but with just a few notes. You’ll want to leave out the bacon and lettuce until ready to serve. Just have the bacon cooked and crumbled, and the lettuce chopped so you can toss them in right before you’re ready to serve or head out to your party!
Can I use “alternative” pasta-
In our house we have some diatery restrictions, low carb for me, and gluten free for my oldest, so we’ve made this pasta salad with chickpea pasta, and lentil pasta and it works beautifully! You can use your favorite alternative pasta and the results will likely be delicious!
I wouldn’t recommend using something like zucchini noodles because I think they would water down the salad, and change the texture of the salad. But if you want to use a protein enriched pasta, gluten free, or anything else, go ahead and try it!
Here’s what you’ll need for this BLT Pasta Salad
1- Lb. Box of Pasta
1- Cup of Mayo
1- Cup of Sour Cream
1- Pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
8- Pieces of Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
6- Green onions
1- Container Grape Tomatoes
4 -5- Romaine Lettuce Leaves
1/2- tsp Salt
Here’s how to make this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad
This salad is super simple to make and comes together really quickly.
First you’ll need to cook your pasta according to the package directions. When they are done cooking drain them and rinse them with cold water to cool them of.
Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl combine the mayonaise, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix, stir until well mixed.
Thinly slice your green onions, and cut the grape tomatoes into halves or quarters, and your romaine lettuce into small bite size pieces.
Add the pasta into the dressing mixture and stir to coat evenly. Add in the bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and lettuce, stir to incorporate evenly.
Serve & enjoy!
- 1- LB Box of Pasta
- 1- Cup of Mayo
- 1- Cup of Sour Cream
- 1- Pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
- 8- Pieces of Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
- 6- Green onions
- 1- Container Grape Tomatoes
- 4 -5- Romaine Lettuce Leaves
- 1/2- tsp Salt
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing mix.
- Thinly slice green onions, cut tomatoes into halves or quarters, and chop the lettuce into bite-size pieces.
- Add pasta into the bowl with the ranch dressing mixture, stir until pasta is evenly coated.
- Add in the green onions, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce, stir until well incorporated.