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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Tis the season for pasta salad recipes. Since so many people have straight lost their minds for bacon, this bacon ranch pasta salad recipe should be a hit at summer parties.

Plus, it’s colorful and looks pretty on the table.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salads are easy to make the day before an event. I think that adds to their popularity at parties.

When you bring your best pasta salad recipe to a party, you are a fabulous guest.

When you bring this bacon ranch pasta salad recipe to a party, let’s just say get ready to make a lot of new friends. 😉

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Great Side Dish for BBQ Season

Chances are you will need some party side dishes in your recipe lineup this summer.

So many gatherings are coming up like Father’s Day, graduation parties, 4th of July, pool parties, BBQ’s, and so much more.

You don’t really need a reason to celebrate great weather with family and friends!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this flavorful side dish recipe. The measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Tri-color rotini noodles
  • Chopped bacon
  • Black olives
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Diced sharp cheddar cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Buttermilk ranch seasoning
  • Buttermilk
  • Mayonnaise (mayo)
  • Sour cream

How to make Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Cook the rotini noodles according to the instructions on the box. Once cooked, drain the noodles and transfer them to a new bowl.

Place the bowl of cooked noodles in the refrigerator for approximately an hour to cool. Make sure to mix the noodles halfway through the chilling time for even cooling.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, and buttermilk ranch seasoning. This will create a creamy and flavorful ranch dressing.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Add the chopped bacon, diced tomatoes (leaving a few for later), and diced cheddar cheese (reserving about 1/4 cup) into the ranch dressing mixture. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Retrieve the chilled noodles from the refrigerator and pour the ranch dressing mixture over them. Toss the noodles gently to coat them thoroughly with the ranch dressing.

Sprinkle black olives over the dressed noodles. Then, add the remaining diced tomatoes and the reserved 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese for garnish.

Give the pasta salad a final toss to distribute the olives, tomatoes, and cheese evenly throughout.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Not a bacon fan? This recipe can still be delicious without it. Maybe add some chicken, chickpeas, or another protein. Or, just leave it out. There are plenty of flavors in there to keep your taste buds happy.

This peach chicken pasta salad is a unique blend of flavors that’s an excellent option.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe
Yield: 6-8 Servings

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: Perfect for Father's Day, BBQs, and pool parties! This creamy and flavorful salad combines tri-color rotini noodles, crispy bacon, black olives, Roma tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese. Tossed in a tangy buttermilk ranch dressing, it's a refreshing crowd-pleaser that's sure to impress.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Box tri-color rotini noodles
  • 1 Cup chopped bacon
  • 1/2 Cup black olives
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 Cup diced sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Packet buttermilk ranch seasoning
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup mayo
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream


  1. Boil the noodles as directed on the box, transfer to a new bowl, and place in the fridge for about an hour to cool, mixing halfway through
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, and buttermilk ranch seasoning
  3. Mix the bacon, tomatoes (leave a few out) and cheddar cheese (leave about 1/4 cup out) into your ranch mix
  4. Toss the ranch mix with the chilled noodles and top off with olives, a 1/4 cup of cheese and a few tomatoes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 628mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Sunday 7th of August 2016

This seriously sounds so good, and cool and refreshing!!

Jo-Ann Brightman

Saturday 16th of July 2016

This looks delicious. I am glad that you used the tri color pasta. I think my family would love this dish.

Lisa Coomer Queen

Monday 27th of June 2016

Yummy! This looks really great. I think it would be a big hit with my family. Thank you for the recipe.

Alison Gibb

Sunday 26th of June 2016

Wow, my son would love this pasta salad. Anything with bacon and ranch dressing in it will be a hit at my house.

Julie Briggs

Tuesday 21st of June 2016

I've been looking for a new pasta salad recipe - thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty this week

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