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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - flavorful pasta salad with cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes, and bacon. Covered in a creamy ranch sauce. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is a flavorful pasta salad with cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes, and bacon covered in a creamy ranch sauce. Perfect for potlucks!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Yield 10 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix (the same as a 1.0 oz package)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk, or as needed
  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
  • 1 cup diced or shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain and chop.
  3. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Place rotini, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Stir in bacon right before serving so it stays crispy. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Source: Allrecipes