Take everyone's favourite sandwich (a BLT, of course!), mix it with a creamy ranch homemade sauce and make it into a crowd-pleasing pasta salad - the perfect side dish for potlucks, bbqs or parties!
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water* until it's just past al dente (check your pasta package for cooking time).
Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for the creamy ranch sauce and set aside.
When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse under cool water until pasta is just warm. Drain well and toss with 1/2 of the sauce. Refrigerate.
Prep the other ingredients. Mince red onion**, wash and halve cherry tomatoes, cook and crumble bacon***, wash, dry and chop lettuce.
Mix onion, tomato and bacon with pasta and add 1/2 of remaining sauce. Combine gently and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Wrap damp lettuce in paper towel, place in a zip top bag and refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftover sauce separately.
At serving time, add salad, mix gently and do a taste test. Add more of the reserved sauce if desired.