Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for barbecues and summer get-togethers. It’s fresh, yummy, and always a crowd pleaser!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

I first shared this post over on Bloom Designs earlier this month, and wanted to bring it here again for all of you! I love making this pasta salad in the summer time. When it’s warm and and you’re outside grilling, it is the perfect, cool side dish to pair with burgers or steaks hot off the grill.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad has been a favorite of mine for the past few years. It’s actually one of the first recipes I ever made when I started out in the kitchen. It’s easy to prepare, and every time I make it, my family gobbles it up!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

You can add in a variety of veggies, or leave them out altogether if you wish. I’ve made it many times, adding ingredients or not, and it always come out great. I LOVE adding chopped cucumber because it adds a pretty pop of green and a nice bit of crunch. My crazy hubby hates cucumber, though, so sometimes I take pity on him and leave it out. But this time I just couldn’t help myself. :)

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

In other news, we returned from our family vacation over on the Big Island a couple days ago. We had such a great time! It was our first island-hop since moving to Oahu, and we were kind of amazed at how big it actually is! We spent some time in Volcanoes National Park, toured Waipio Valley, visited a Black Sands Beach, did some stargazing on Mauna Kea, and toured a few coffee farms in Kona. We also had some beach time and ate lots of delicious food! The latter is usually my favorite part of any vacation. ;)

Belle of the Kitchen | Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

That’s a picture of my hubby and I at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach. It was such a cool experience to be there and see it in person!

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) package uncooked tri-color pasta
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped into 1/4 moon slices
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, making sure not to overcook. Drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper. Stir in the milk until mixture is nice and smooth.
  3. Carefully fold the cooked pasta into the dressing mixture, and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 1-2 hours. When ready to serve, add in the chopped bacon, veggies, and cheese, and toss to coat. You can also add a splash of milk to smooth the pasta salad out as needed.
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Comments

    • Ashlyn says

      Thank you, Jaren! And yes, Hawaii is pretty awesome, not gonna lie. ;) It will be hard to leave when it’s time to move again!

  1. says

    I love Hawaii! We’ve been a few times, mostly for races that my husband has done there, but we just went a couple years back to visit my brother in law and family who were living there at the time. Anyway, your recipe looks scrumptious! I love trying new salads!

    • Ashlyn says

      We absolutely love it here in Hawaii, Michelle! It was our first island hop, and we had a great time on the Big island. What an awesome place to travel to for a race, by the way! Is your husband a triathlete? I know the Iron Man takes place on the Big Island.

      • says

        He used to do the Xterra series…it’s an off road triathlon series. The World Championships are in Maui. I think once the kids are out of the house, he’ll go back to competing but once they got really active in sports, it became harder. We’ve got 2 in high school and one in middle school so those days are closer than I’d like. Hope you had a great time!

        • Ashlyn says

          Wow, that’s awesome! I’ve heard of the Xterra series before; very cool to know that he’s been a part of it. He must be an amazing athlete, and it sounds like your kids are the same way. I totally understand slowing down with all the activities your kids have going on, though. Gotta enjoy all those moments with them that you can. Have a great night, Michelle. :)

  2. says

    This salad looks incredibly delicious, Ashlyn. Ranch and bacon are two of my favorites and I always love when they can be combined together in something. I’m sharing this as one of my favorite things linked up to our Summer in Bloom party. Yours was my favorite out of everyone that participated with Jenny! You have a great blog!

    • Ashlyn says

      Jamie, thank you so much for saying that! You brought such a big smile to my face. :) I appreciate you sharing it on your super cute blog. I’m all about your cute birdie header!

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