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This BLT pasta salad recipe is a fun spin on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. This is a creamy pasta salad that is light and delicious. The addition of fresh avocados and creamy Ranch dressing makes this Ranch BLT salad unlike any pasta salad you’ve ever had before. It’s simply the best!
Wondering what to serve with the easy BLT pasta salad recipe? It’s wonderful with these Parmesan Pork Chops or this Oven Baked Chicken for an easy dinner. BLT pasta salad is also great alongside classic sandwiches like this Grilled Ham and Cheese or The Best Egg Salad Sandwich. How about another delicious pasta salad? For more cold pasta salad options, check out our yummy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad, Greek Pasta Salad, Italian Pasta Salad or our Taco Pasta Salad.
BLT PASTA SALAD INGREDIENTS
You will need:
For the Salad
- 16-ounce box rotini pasta, cooked, drained, and rinsed with cold water
- 13 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- ½ of a large red onion, finely diced
- 1½ cups of cheddar cheese, cut into cubes (measured after it’s been cubed)
- 2 cups of romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces (measured after it’s in pieces)
- 1 avocado, cut into small pieces
- 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half (measured after cut in half)
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
For the Dressing
- 1 1-ounce packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix (dry)
- 1½ cups of mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
PRO TIP: Cut all ingredient amounts in half if you are serving a smaller group, as this will make a large bowl full of salad.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
PASTA: You can use any type of small pasta in this great recipe. Bow tie pasta, shells, rigatoni, or penne are other options that would work well.
BACON: If you want to save a step, or don’t have time, you could use store-bought bacon bits instead of cooking your own bacon and chopping it up. However, fresh-cooked crunchy bacon will have a much better flavor overall in your salad.
CHEESE: Shredded cheddar cheese can be used instead of cubed cheese if you prefer. You can also use a different type of cheese if you prefer. Pepper jack, Colby jack, provolone, or swiss would all be great options. All of them could be used in a shredded form or cut into cubes.
GREEK YOGURT: Replace the sour cream with greek yogurt if you prefer.
HOW TO MAKE THIS BLT PASTA SALAD RECIPE
STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, combine dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise and sour cream. Use a whisk to mix together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
STEP TWO: In a large pot, cook pasta per package directions. Drain, rinse the hot pasta with cold water and drain again. Place in a large mixing bowl.
PRO TIP: Rinsing the cooked pasta in cold water after draining is best when doing a cold pasta salad recipe. It stops the pasta from cooking, and it keeps the pasta loose for the salad.
STEP THREE: Add cooked and chopped bacon, red onion, cheddar cheese cubes, avocado, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and romaine lettuce. Then, pour dressing mix over the ingredients. Use tongs to gently toss the salad until everything is well coated.
STEP FOUR: Serve immediately.
HOW TO SERVE
Any easy pasta salad recipe is a great option for a summer BBQ. This salad, filled with all of the classic BLT ingredients is the best one yet! Serve alongside grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers and our cucumber salad.
IN THE FRIDGE: The romaine lettuce in this BLT pasta salad does not save well. Because of this, I recommend serving it right away. If you have leftovers to store, it’s best if you don’t add lettuce to the entire mixture and add fresh lettuce when you serve again. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container for up to 24 hours and eat the next day. I don’t recommend keeping this in the fridge for more than 24 hours.
BLT pasta salad is a light and creamy pasta salad. It takes a favorite sandwich and turns it into a delicious summer side dish complete with avocado and homemade Ranch dressing. This is absolutely the best Ranch BLT pasta salad!
You can substitute the dry mix for a bottle of Ranch dressing in this recipe.
Any bite-sized pasta works well in pasta salad. Penne, bowties or rotini are all excellent choices.
Pasta salad would not freeze well. It is best to make fresh within a couple days of serving it.
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BLT Pasta Salad
- 16 ounce box rotini pasta cooked, drained and rinsed with cold water
- 13 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1/2 large red onion finely diced
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese cut into cubes (measured after cut)
- 2 cups romaine lettuce measured after cut or torn into bit sized pieces
- 1 avocado cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half (measured after cut)
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 1 ounce package Hidden Valley Dressing Mix dry
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- In a medium mixing bowl combine dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Use a whisk to mix together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Cook rotini pasta per package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add cooked and chopped bacon, red onion, cheddar cheese cubes, avocado, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and romaine lettuce. Pour dressing mix over ingredients. Use tongs to gently toss salad until well coated.
- Serve immediately.