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Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad in a white bowl on a white background
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This Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is the queen of all pasta salads, thanks to its crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, tender noodles, and creamy homemade ranch dressing.

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This is quite possibly my favorite pasta salad in the world, and that’s saying a lot, because I’m a girl who lovvveesss her some pasta salad. But I really do think this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is the queen of them all.

Because of course it is—it’s got crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and creamy homemade ranch dressing. It’s like all the good things in life came together in one bowl! This is the perfect picnic or potluck dish—trust me, everyone will be raving and begging for the recipe.

Homemade ranch dressing being poured over a pasta salad

The key to the best flavor here is my special homemade ranch dressing recipe below. I know, I know, you have your favorite bottled ranch that you love—and I’m sure it would do the trick if you’re crunched for time—but I think this ranch dressing recipe is really worth the extra few minutes it takes to whip up. You might never go back to store-bought ranch again!

Ingredients for Ranch BLT Pasta Salad in a white bowl, before mixing

And yes, this pasta salad has Romaine lettuce in it, and I can see you over there thinking But Cass, doesn’t that lettuce get slimy? And my answer is Yes, eventually, and that’s why I ask you to add it right before serving! The lettuce adds such a wonderful, crisp crunch, plus the blast of green color makes this pasta salad swoon-worthy. If you’re bringing this to a potluck, just make the entire salad ahead of time and bring the lettuce in a separate container. Toss it in right before the buffet line starts.

Close up of a Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

I’ve made this pasta salad with regular wheat pasta, gluten-free (corn flour) pasta, and grain-free (chickpea flour) pasta, and it turned out great each time. I do recommend slightly undercooking both the gluten-free and grain-free pasta because they tend to break apart more easily when chilled if cooked completely. Enjoy!

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is the queen of all pasta salads, thanks to its crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, tender noodles, and creamy homemade ranch dressing.

Ingredients

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise⁠
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain full-fat Greek yogurt⁠
  • 1/4 cup milk⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder⁠
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt⁠
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper⁠
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon⁠

For the Salad

  • 12 ounces rotini, cooked and drained⁠ (gluten-free or wheat pasta both work)
  • 1 large red onion, cut into thin slices⁠
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 ounces bacon (about 10 slices), cooked and crumbled⁠
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley⁠
  • 3 cups chopped Romaine lettuce (about 1 small head)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the rotini, red onion, tomatoes, bacon, and parsley. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat. Let flavors meld in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Just before serving, add in the chopped romaine, tossing to combine.

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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2 Responses
  1. Claire

    I know it says either, but what’s your preference between Sour cream or Greek yogurt? Do you notice a taste or texture difference?

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