Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

I love pasta salad but for some reason I don’t make it nearly as much as I should. (Or would like.)  I’m not sure why because it’s so easy and perfect to have in the fridge.  I can take a bowl of it to work for lunch and as is right in the world.  =o)

This pasta salad recipe is an easy one to make and it’s wonderful!  The crunchy-ness of the lettuce and the tomatoes and bacon add so much flavor and texture.  This might be one of my new favorite pasta salads!

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad
* 8 ounces pasta – we chose bow tie pasta but any pasta will work
* 1 bottle Ranch Salad Dressing
* 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, seeds removed
* 1 cup cubed Swiss cheese
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
* 1 pound bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
* 2 cups finely chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
* salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions to al dente.  You don’t want mushy pasta!

Drain pasta, toss with dressing to lightly coat so they don’t stick together and refrigerate until cold.

In a large bowl toss the cold pasta with the tomatoes, Swiss, onions, bacon and lettuce.

Add enough dressing to generously coat everything and season to taste with salt and pepper. 
 I ate it for breakfast.  Is that bad?  But it was so darn tasty!


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  1. Looks yummie! I made pai today, meat. I have been baking cupcakes and other sweet things for a few days for my sons birthday party in a week. (The freezer is getting full) 🙂

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  2. That looks and sounds delicious!!

  3. Yes Erin, it is okay to eat it for breakfast–I would. You had me at bacon amd tomato. I often order a BLT when we eat out so this loos like a fun twist! Thanks
    Happy Mothers Day!

  4. Hi Erin,
    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Wow, this is the best pasta salad ever!!!! Thank you so much for putting some in my fridge so I had something to eat when I got home from the airport. Paris food was wonderful but this tasted better than any of it. The ingredients are on my grocery list. Yummmmmm.

  6. Yum! I’m always looking at new salad recipes to try for when company is over, so I think this one may be next!

    Visiting from Melt in Your Mouth Monday 🙂

  7. This looks great! This would be perfect for a summer bbq! Stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen. Have a great night!
    Carrie This Home

  8. This recipe is so tempting. Thanks a bunch for the wonderful recipe. Will make a try.
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  9. Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. I have featured this recipe today.

  10. This sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  11. Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

    OMG, I love this recipe! All my favorite things in it! Bacon, bow tie pasta and ranch! I’m definitely making this easy recipe for my family tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!


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