Loaded Pasta Salad

Loaded Pasta Salad

One of my favorite things to eat during the summer is salads.  I could eat them everyday and probably twice a day.  Ever since making the Bacon, Ranch Orzo Salad I have been on a pasta salad kick.  It’s the perfect dish.  I make a big bowl and put it in the fridge and then eat it for dinner or lunch until it’s gone.

This Loaded Pasta Salad is pretty good.  I love that it has bacon and cheese in it.  The broccoli?  I think I wouldn’t cook it next time so that’s it’s crunchy and not kind of mushy after it sits for a few days.

Loaded Pasta Salad

Thank you to The Midnight Baker for this recipe.

Loaded Pasta Salad


  • 2 cups cooked pasta of any shape
  • 2 cups steamed baby broccoli florets
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • ½ cup diced (1/4-inch) sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • For the Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Make sure your pasta is al dente and your broccoli still has some crunch to it. You don't want it mushy!
  2. Mix dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Combine all other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours.

What are your favorite pasta salad recipes?

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  1. I love trying new recipes for pasta salad and this sounds like a good one.