Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad {Secret Recipe Club}

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad

Happy Fourth of July! 

I’m not going to bore you all with the “what the heck?  It’s July already?!?! thing”  I’m so excited that it’s summer vacation I can hardly stand it.  We have a summer filled with camping trips and the Oregon Coast and peace and quiet and family time.  Yeah!

The first Monday of the month means it’s not only July 4th, but it’s also our Secret Recipe Club reveal day. 

My assigned blog this month was Lori’s Culinary Creations.   Lori began her blog after a couple of trips to Europe where she experienced new foods, new flavors and a whole lot of inspiration.  Her blog is filled with recipes for everyone.  Some are easy, some are rather complicated, and some have crazy ingredients.  It was so much fun browsing her blog and looking at all the recipes.

Lori’s recipe index page is wonderful!  I love where recipes are categorized with pictures.  I wasn’t even sure where to start.  Everything looked wonderful!  From her Crab Won Tons or Zesty Parmesan Fried Zucchini to the Peach Blueberry Hand Pies and Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispy Treats.

The Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad won out and man, oh, man am I glad I made it.  It is delicious!  And I will definitely be making this recipe again and again.

You can add more or less of anything you want.  Next time I’ll add more sweet corn because I loved the crunch and taste of the corn.  Maybe some tomatoes too.  That would be delicious. 

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad

My advice?  Make it!  Make it and invite friends over or else I can guarantee you, you’ll eat the entire bowl.  It’s that good. 

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad


  • 8 - 10oz orzo (cooked to package directions)
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 Slices bacon (cooked, crispy and crumbled)
  • 1 cup canned yellow corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 5 fresh basil leaves (sliced)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the orzo and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad

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  1. Bacon and ranch dressing are tasty additions to any salad! I need to remember to make this when company comes to visit or else I really will eat it all myself. LOL

  2. That does look and sound delicious. Ranch, orzo, corn, and bacon! Sounds amazing! But I’m even more jealous of your planned vacation =)

  3. A lovely salad: bacon and corn in any salad is going to win me over anyhow!

  4. That sounds delicious, I love orzo prepared in any way… such a cute pasta…

    have a great trip, and a Happy Reveal Monday!

  5. Yum. I love Orzo and that looks like a great addition to my summer salads. Have a great summer camping.

  6. Orzo salad – sounds delicious and perfect for summer, Bacon and sweet corn…. always good

  7. This is like all my favorite things in one little salad that is making me drool. I love this! Great pick!

  8. When I saw this recipe last night, I was tempted to run to the store and get the two ingredients I was missing (basil and bacon) so I could make this for the 4th of July! I’m already making so much food though that I decided to wait for another time, but I will make it soon 😀 Yum.

  9. I see this recipe in my future. Looks like a family pleaser to me and I kind of wish I had this recipe before the week festivities. Happy Reveal Day!

  10. What a lovely looking meal, with a lovely selection of ingredients too……Karen

  11. Oh YEAH, I would dig into that at the potluck! Absolutely GREAT SRC pick!

  12. This salad looks yummy! With summer here, I’m always looking for simple and tasty salads for a nice cool dinner (or lunch). This one is going to have to go on the list.

  13. Orzo and bacon are two of my favorite ingredients, so I can just imagine why this dish appealed to you. Love the final result, too.