Packed with tender pasta, a creamy dressing and BLT fixings, your favorite sandwich gets a makeover in with this easy BLT Ranch Pasta Salad!
It’s that time of year where you can just walk outside and smell those outdoor grills cookin’ up some delicious burgers, hot dogs, or chicken. Kids are running around outside all day and the daylight feel like it will never end.
Welcome to summer, friends.
Now let’s back-track for a minute and talk about those barbecues, parties, and get-togthers. Whether you have a graduation party, birthday party, or anything in between, chances are that you’re going to feast on some delicious summery foods.
And with those foods come some tasty side dishes. I’m not picky about what I eat, but I always look forward to pasta salads. It’s one of my favorite types of salads and I just seem to crave it more during the summer.
Which brings me to this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad. Packed with tender pasta, a creamy dressing and BLT fixings, your favorite sandwich gets a makeover in this easy pasta dish!
And if you like pasta and love BLT’s then this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad was made for you!
It has all of the flavors of the sandwich, such as bacon, lettuce and tomato, topped with a creamy ranch dressing mixture that is sure to make you dream of summer all year long.
Not only is this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad the perfect side to bring to those summer gatherings, but it’s also so easy to make, too!
You knew that was coming, right? From start to finish, you can have this dish made in less than a half hour. And that means more time to spend outside and less time being cooped up in the kitchen. It’s kind of a win-win situation in my book!
To start, you’ll make the ranch dressing and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight) so that the flavors blend together. The dressing is a mixture of Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and dry ranch dressing mix, which keeps it on the lighter side. But if you’re not a fan of Greek yogurt, feel free to swap it out with mayonnaise.
You’ll then prepare the bacon, slice the tomatoes, and chop the lettuce. Toss the BLT toppings with some cooked pasta, mix in the ranch dressing, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
One bite of the BLT Ranch Pasta Salad and you’ll want to make this all year long.
The BLT flavors and zesty ranch dressing are the perfect topping for the tender pasta. And because it’s so easy to whip up, you have no excuse not to make this for parties, graduations, or just when you’re in the mood for a delicious pasta salad.
Looking for more pasta salad recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Easy Italian Pasta Salad
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
- Caprese Pasta Salad
- Roasted Mushroom and Tomato Pasta Salad
BLT Ranch Pasta Salad
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ (of 1.0 ounce) package dry Ranch dressing mix
- 16 ounces pasta
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes quartered
- 10 slices bacon drained, cooked, and crumbled
- 2 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, and dressing mix. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
- In a large pot, cook pasta until al dente. Remove from heat, drain, and rinse under cold water.
- Add tomatoes and bacon. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add lettuce and dressing just before serving so that it does not become too soggy.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.