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A creamy, crunchy, and tasty fun spring and summer dish this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad takes flavors from your favorite sandwich and turns it into a delicious salad!

Two plates full of BLT Pasta Salad.

I love a good BLT sandwich, but I also love a good pasta salad. So obviously I had to mix the two together and add my favorite dressing and turn it into this BLT Pasta Salad!

Add it to your salad recipes box. This stuff is to die for. It has so much flavor from all the ingredients that this is the one pasta dish that you are going to want to bring to all your potlucks and gatherings.

We make this a lot during the spring and summer months, but I also love this all year round so it graces our table frequently during the fall and winter as well.

I love the crunch that the fresh lettuce and onion give this dish. Not to mention the pop of the juicy tomatoes! It really is like a classic blt sandwich in salad form.

This has the perfect combination of flavors, the ranch really puts it over the top in flavor, especially if you are a ranch lover like me, you just cannot get enough!

It uses fresh ingredients and crispy bacon, cannot forget that bacon. Bacon makes everything better in my opinion and it really gives it the crunch and flavor that it deserves.

Let’s get more into why this blt pasta salad is such a great side dish. Next time you’re looking for creamy pasta salad, this one will be high on your list!

Some of my other salads that we have on our site include: Broccoli Pasta Salad, Corn and Tomato Salad and Orzo Pasta Salad.

Close up of BLT Pasta Salad showing all ingredients.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Minimal ingredients are needed in this great recipe, so it’s a good recipe to throw together super fast.
  2. You can use any of your favorite smaller pasta for this. The short pasta shape is best for salads.
  3. This already makes a lot but you can double this for a large crowd. Heck, you could have it as a main dish!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Cavatappi pasta
  • Bacon
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Scallions
  • Red onion
  • Ranch dressing
  • Lettuce
Ingredients needed to make BLT Pasta Salad.

HOW TO MAKE BLT PASTA SALAD:

  1. Cook the pasta to al dente per the directions on the back of the box. Drain and rinse with cold water, allow to drip dry as best you can. We need the pasta to be as dry as possible. Set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon until crispy and drain excess fat. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess grease, set aside.
  3. Place the cooked pasta, Colby jack cheese, tomatoes, scallions, red onion, and ranch into a very large bowl. 
  4. Toss to combine. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  5. Once you are ready to serve, add the cooked bacon and lettuce. Toss to combine, serve immediately.
Step by step photos on how to make a BLT Pasta Salad.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

You can use any kind of lettuce that you like but we suggest that you use heartier lettuce such as romaine, iceberg, or green leaf. 

Of course! You can use any of your favorite cheeses in this delicious pasta salad.

Just make sure you use a block. We dice these into smaller squares for this recipe.

Some other cheeses that you can use include Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, and Mozzarella.

No, you can use any smaller pasta that you like for this blt salad.

We like cavatappi because it really soaks up the dressing nicely. But this is just our personal preference.

Some others that you can use include penne, rotini, farfalle, etc.

Use what you have on hand and what you think would pair nicely with this recipe.

Forking going into blt pasta salad on plate.

Absolutely! We do this sometimes, especially if we do not have enough ranch around for this recipe.

If you have a favorite ranch dressing recipe that you like to use, by all means, use it!

No need to keep to the original recipe. The best pasta salad is one you can improvise on! By the way, this stuff is even better then next day.

  • Addition of fresh avocados: Slice and add to the salad for a creamy texture.
  • Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle on top for a sharp, cheesy flavor boost.
  • Garden tomatoes: Swap out grape tomatoes for freshly chopped garden tomatoes for a burst of summer freshness.
  • Greek yogurt: Mix with ranch dressing for a lighter, tangier flavor.
  • Fresh veggies: Add diced cucumbers or bell peppers for extra crunch.
  • Black olives: Include for a Mediterranean twist.
  • Croutons: Toss in for additional crunch and flavor.
  • Sliced hard-boiled eggs: A great addition for extra protein.
  • Sunflower seeds: Sprinkle on top for a nutty flavor and extra texture.
  • Apple cider vinegar: A splash can brighten up the flavors with a bit of acidity.

I’m thinking other types of tender pasta. Maybe some cheddar cheese! This easy blt pasta salad recipe can stand some swaps.

  • Greek yogurt for ranch dressing: Use as a healthier dressing base mixed with herbs for a creamy texture.
  • Turkey bacon instead of regular bacon: A lighter alternative that still offers a smoky flavor.
  • Romaine lettuce instead of iceberg: For a crunchier and slightly sweeter taste.
  • Whole wheat pasta instead of cavatappi: A healthier, fiber-rich option.
  • Cherry tomatoes instead of grape tomatoes: Sweeter and juicier, adding a different dimension of flavor.
  • Mozzarella cheese instead of Colby Jack: For a milder cheese flavor that complements other ingredients.

HOW TO STORE:

This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 5 days.

I do not suggest freezing.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Add your bacon and lettuce at the end before serving, this keeps the lettuce from wilting and the bacon from getting soggy.
  • You can use bacon bits, but use only real bacon bits and in a pinch. Real bacon is always better.
  • You can use a variety of lettuces, see my tips above.
  • Use your favorite smaller pasta for this, we prefer cavatappi.
  • Switch up your cheese for different flavors.
  • You can easily double this recipe for a large crowd.
  • You can add any of your other favorite vegetables to this salad.
  • If stored overnight the pasta may soak up the dressing, just add a little more dressing to get it more creamy.
Fork holding up some of the BLT Pasta Salad.

Can’t wait for those summer cookouts, or potlucks, or are just craving a good cold pasta salad?

You need to make this delicious BLT Pasta Salad. It’s a real crowd-pleaser with creamy ranch dressing you can’t go wrong!

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5 from 2 votes

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
A creamy, crunchy and tasty fun spring and summer dish this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad takes flavors from your favorite sandwich and turns it into a delicious salad!
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta to al dente per the directions on the back of the box. Drain and rinse with cold water, allow to drip dry as best you can. We need the pasta to be as dry as possible. Set aside.
    16 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • Cook the bacon until crispy and drain excess fat. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess grease, set aside.
    1 pound bacon
  • Place the cooked pasta, Colby jack cheese, tomatoes, scallions, red onion, and ranch into a very large bowl.
    8 ounces Colby Jack cheese block, 1- pint grape tomatoes, 4 scallions, ¼ cup red onion, 2 ½ cups ranch dressing
  • Toss to combine. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  • Once you are ready to serve, add the cooked bacon and lettuce. Toss to combine, serve immediately.
    4 cups small diced lettuce

Notes

  1. Add your bacon and lettuce at the end before serving, this keeps the lettuce from wilting and the bacon from getting soggy.
  2. You can use bacon bits, but use only real bacon bits and in a pinch. Real bacon is always better.
  3. You can use a variety of lettuces, see my tips above.
  4. Use your favorite smaller pasta for this, we prefer cavatappi.
  5. Switch up your cheese for different flavors.
  6. You can easily double this recipe for a large crowd.
  7. You can add any of your other favorite vegetables to this salad.
  8. If stored overnight the pasta may soak up the dressing, just add a little more dressing to get it more creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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