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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Warmer weather means BBQ and salads for my family. There is nothing better than watching the kids play while my hubby and I prepare dinner outdoors, then a gathering around the picnic table. That family time is so important and why waste a minute of it with lengthy meal prep? Our Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad takes less than 10 minutes to create and offers a prefect balance of tangy and crunch. This is one of those go-to side dishes my entire family enjoys!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


  • 1lb. Tricolor Pasta
  • 1/2 cup of bacon (chopped)
  • 1 whole tomato (diced)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar
  • 2/3 cup of ranch dressing


  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain.
  2. Add bacon, tomato, cheese and dressing. Stir until well coated.
  3. Can be served warm or chilled.
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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1lb. Tricolor Pasta
  • ½ cup of bacon (chopped)
  • 1 whole tomato (diced)
  • ¼ cup of shredded cheddar
  • ⅔ cup of ranch dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain.
  2. Add bacon, tomato, cheese and dressing. Stir until well coated.
  3. Can be served warm or chilled.


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Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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  1. That sounds pretty good. I’m not much of a pasta salad eater. The bacon makes it sound tasty. I would try it with green goddess dressing.

  2. I love anything bacon and this salad looks scrummy! Can’t wait to try this out!

  3. krystel says:

    that looks very good :)

  4. Holly Thomas says:

    I love this and make it a lot during the warmer months.

  5. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I love to cook out in the warmer weather also. Burgers, Chicken & steaks. Baked potatoes on the grill. Corn on the cobb on the grill. The list is endless,. Then we have our salads. Potato salad (moms Recipe Yummy) coleslaw and pasta salad. Your recipe sounds Delicious. I have never used bacon in it. Sounds Awesome & Colorful too! Never used the rainbow pasta before in the pasta salad. Thankyou for sharing I will give it a try this summer. Have a Great Day!

  6. Susan Berry says:

    I LOVE recipes with bacon, and this looks SO yummy! My husband would love it too (since there’s no mayo in it)! Nice thing is that I think I have all the ingredients in the house already, so I know what I’m making tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe!

  7. M.Clark says:

    This looks delicious. I would love to make this using turkey bacon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  8. TrippyCusp93 says:

    Oh Yum! This stuff is my absolute favorite! My stepmother makes a lowfat version of this and she’s bringing it to my birthday cookout next week. I seriously love this stuff….I crave it all summer long!

  9. Lesa Jones says:

    I so love all kinds of pasta salad and this is one I will have to try. Thank you for sharing the instructions and picture it makes it truly a salad to try.

  10. Tiana B says:

    This looks so good! I wonder if it would be good with gluten free pasta

  11. April Farley says:

    Trul am excided to try this . Anything with bacon is better!

  12. When I first saw this recipe, I didn’t think I’d like it. I gave it a try and was happily surprised.It really is good!

  13. This sounds simple and delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  14. This sounds really tasty! I think I will try this before the weather gets too chilly out. Seems like it would be a better summer food than not.

  15. Yummo! This sounds delicious! Bacon and ranch is an awesome combination!

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