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Easy Ranch BLT Salad

Serves 10

Easy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Directions

1

Make pasta according to packaged directions. Let cool completely and set aside.

2

Mix dressing by whisking together milk, ranch dressing seasoning, mayo, and sour cream. Place in fridge for at least 15-20 minutes to chill and thicken.

3

Cook bacon, let cool, and crumble. Set aside.

4

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, and green onion. Toss with the ranch dressing. Chill in the fridge, and then add the bacon and romaine lettuce right before serving

19 Comments

Easy Ranch BLT Salad

Want a delicious side dish that’s sure to be a guaranteed hit?

You have to try making this easy crowd-pleasing BLT pasta salad! It features bites of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a creamy ranch dressing. The good news is it’s also easy to make and will for sure be a perfect addition to any potluck or casual meal.

Easy Ranch BLT Salad

Prep this salad ahead of time!

For convenience, you can make all the components of this salad ahead of time, store separately overnight, then assemble right before serving. You can also use a different shaped pasta if desired like penne or rotini.

Pouring Ranch dressing over BLT Salad

I think mixing up the ranch dressing packet is worth the effort, but of course, feel free to use your favorite bottled ranch in a pinch.

Easy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - ingredients for the salad


Easy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy dressing mixed with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bow tie pasta make this salad outrageously YUM!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Directions

1

Make pasta according to packaged directions. Let cool completely and set aside.

2

Mix dressing by whisking together milk, ranch dressing seasoning, mayo, and sour cream. Place in fridge for at least 15-20 minutes to chill and thicken.

3

Cook bacon, let cool, and crumble. Set aside.

4

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, and green onion. Toss with the ranch dressing. Chill in the fridge, and then add the bacon and romaine lettuce right before serving

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from TheGirlWhoAteEverything.com


Easy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - in a bowl

Addicting & delicious!

A friend of mine made this BLT Salad for the 4th of July, and I’ve been dying to share it with you all ever since because it’s so darned good. If you’re lucky to have fresh summer tomatoes in your garden, it’s even more amazing! I made this for a family cookout recently and it was gone in no time!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 19

  1. ReneeAnn

    Tip to make the ranch dressing even better if you like a little kick: add 3 fresh jalapeños (core and seeds removed), spoonful of sliced jarred jalapeños and a handful of cilantro leaves. Blend it all up in a blender or food processor (I use my ninja express chop it’s the perfect size container)
    Taste like Chuy’s creamy jalapeño dip for those of you who know what I’m talking about! So good on salads.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love this tip! Thanks so much for sharing 👍

  2. Jen

    I would love a “PRINT” button for these recipes.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Jen! You can print this recipe when you head to the “Print” icon at the bottom of the post! Hope that helps!

  3. Lisa

    Love that this recipe can be made gluten free.

  4. Juma

    We make a similar pasta salad we use ranch dressy and Italian dressing and we use a variety of different pasta shapes . I love it with spaghetti noodles. We also add grilled or rotisserie chicken and for those that like pork we add ham. I also love dried cranberries in mine. Love easy simple dishes that combines vegetables for a complete meal endless possibilities. Great post

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great ideas! Thanks Juma!

  5. Mel

    This looks great, but we can’t have pasta! Wahhhhh Hmmm… wonder if I could sub out with cucumbers instead to make it more carb friendly?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes or maybe grilled chicken! And avocado!

    • 50ShadesofLipstick

      If you’re eating low carb then sub out something else for the milk and ranch dressing too…those are loaded w/ carbs. And just be mindful of the carb count in the sour cream and cherry tomatoes, depending on what your macros are.

      • Mel

        Oh, we don’t count macros or anything. Just like to swap out pasta when possible b/c my husband can’t have it. I have a scratch Ranch dressing recipe that my SIL’s mom gave me years ago when she was doing Atkins and it doesn’t call for milk, rather a small amt of unsweetened almondmilk instead. I’ll probably use half the amount of tomatoes and add in cubed avocados for the other half.

        • 50ShadesofLipstick

          Okay, I just meant that there are a lot of hidden carbs in the other ingredients, even if you aren’t doing keto or a HFLC diet where you’d keep track of your actual carb count. No worries.

          • Mel

            Oh yes! Always have to be mindful of hidden carbs!

  6. Mel

    You’re making my mouth water Lina!!! Def saving this recipe for Friday. Making grilled chicken tonight so I’ll grill up another breast just to make sure to have leftovers for this dish! Just need the tomatoes and we’re set!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hooray! You’ll LOVE this 🙂

      • Mel

        Oh wow Lina, this totally hit the spot tonight!! We’re in the tail end of Creole tomato season here in the south, and I lucked out on finding some at my grocery store that were nice n ripe, so that along with the cucumbers made it super filling with the leftover chicken from the other night!! The only complaint was from hubby, who said there wasn’t enough bacon!!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          That’s great! Thanks for the update!

  7. Olgraygirl

    Yum, yum–I made a similar one last night-since it was for adults only, I added one chopped jalepeno. Another great one, Lina. Please keep ’em coming!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow! Yum – thanks for sharing!

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