5 from 2 votes
Serving dish of BLT Ranch Pasta Salad with drinks
BLT Ranch Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

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!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta salads, side dishes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 407 kcal
Author: Myra
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • 1 lb short pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 185 g bacon (this is half a regular sized package)
  • 8 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
For the Creamy Ranch Sauce
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water* until it's just past al dente (check your pasta package for cooking time).

  2. Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for the creamy ranch sauce and set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. Prep the other ingredients.  Mince red onion**, wash and halve cherry tomatoes, cook and crumble bacon***, wash, dry and chop lettuce.

  5. Mix onion, tomato and bacon with pasta and add 1/2 of remaining sauce.  Combine gently and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  6. Wrap damp lettuce in paper towel, place in a zip top bag and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Refrigerate leftover sauce separately.

  7. At serving time, add salad, mix gently and do a taste test.  Add more of the reserved sauce if desired. 

  8. Enjoy! :)

Recipe Notes
*Pasta water should taste salty like the ocean.
**If you find raw onion too strong, mince your onion and soak it in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes.  Drain, pat try, and use as directed.  This will take away most of the 'bite'.
***We like to cook our bacon in the microwave (especially when making smaller amounts, like 1/2 a package) because it's pretty much mess-free and hands-off.  We have a special dish similar to this that is awesome.
Nutrition Facts
BLT Ranch Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2075IU42%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.