July 3rd, 2013

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Salads and sandwiches are two of my favorite summertime meals, and this tasty pasta salad combines both into one amazing dish. It has all the flavors of a classic BLT with the addition of ranch dressing and pasta. I confess, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like lettuce in my pasta salad, but it was a great addition.  And after all, it wouldn’t really be a BLT salad without the lettuce, would it? 

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad
This salad is sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue or neighborhood potluck!  It’s one of my favorite dishes to take to summer time gatherings, because it such a crowd pleaser. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?  And then there’s cheese, pasta, some fresh veggies and Ranch dressing. What’s not to love about that? Plus, this salad is so easy to put together, and it can be made ahead of time. Delicious and hassle free–it doesn’t get much better than that! 

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Preparation 10 2017-06-26T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 2017-06-26T00:00:00+00:00 Total Time 0:00 2017-06-26T00:00:00+00:00

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini or other short pasta
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 (.4 oz) package Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cubed Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, Ranch dressing mix and vinegar.
  3. Stir pasta into dressing mixture, along with tomatoes, cheese, red onion, bacon, and lettuce.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. If making the day before, stir in lettuce and bacon just before serving.
Most corkscrew style pastas work well in this dish, but penne, shells and elbow macaroni are good choices too. No matter which pasta you choose, you really can’t go wrong with this delicious summer salad!

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Comments

  1. I’m totally making this Danelle!! I have a similar recipe but this one is jazzed up & looks divine!!! YUM!

    Have a blessed day!!

  2. How delicious! That’s a perfect combination of flavours for a salad.

  3. YUM!!! Pinned! I’d love for you to share this at my Saturday Dishes Link Party this weekend! It’s a themed link up & this week’s theme is Memorial Day & Grilling! Feel free to share other posts that fit the theme as well if you have them! (:

    http://lifeisfantasmic.blogspot.com/2014/05/saturday-dishes-memorial-day-grilling.html

  4. I made this recipe for my office and everyone LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  5. Oh wow this looks fabulous!! I’m always looking for new takes on classics, and this sounds perfect. My husband would just love it! Thanks!!!

 

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