BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this so delicious.

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

BLT Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of my favorite side dishes and this BLT Pasta Salad is amazing! I could make a meal out of just this because it is so flavorful and delicious.

It is also SO frugal. I can make a huge batch of this for a cookout for very little. Plus, it is so tasty that everyone always wants the recipe.

I would say that is a win all around. 🙂 This is definitely a must try recipe.

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

Tips for blt pasta salad recipe:

This recipe like many calls for diced onions. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

What To Put in Pasta Salad:

  • bacon cooked crisp and diced
  • pasta cooked and cooled (bowtie or rotini)
  • mayonnaise
  • ranch dressing
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • cheddar cheese shredded
  • red onion diced
  • romaine lettuce
  • fresh parsley for garnish –optional
BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

How to make blt pasta salad:

Start out by whisking together the mayonnaise and ranch dressing.

In a large bowl assemble the pasta, tomatoes, cheese, red onion, lettuce and bacon.

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 
BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

Garnish with parsley and serve.

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

It is that easy to make!

This is the best side dish. If you like a blt sandwich, you will love this blt pasta salad!

What is good with pasta salad?

We think it is the perfect side dish to go along side hot dogs and hamburgers. It is also so tasty with this Easy Grilled Chicken Kabob Recipe or Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken.

This pasta salad goes with just about anything! I can literally just eat a bowl of it alone and be satisfied. It is so good!

Another easy and delicious side dish we love is this easy baked beans recipe. So good!

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

Other ideas to try:

  • You can substitute a portion of they mayo with sour cream.
  • Try using turkey bacon in the recipe.
  • Any type of pasta will work in this blt pasta salad recipe.
  • Add any veggies you like!

How to store BLT pasta:

I like to store the pasta salad in a clear bowl so you can see all of the pretty colors from the tomatoes and other ingredients.

The pasta salad is gorgeous in a  glass bowl or even  a trifle dish is pretty.

Now, if I am taking this pasta salad to a pot luck or cookout, I like to use one of these plastic bowls with lids. These are so handy for traveling and the lid keeps everything mess free.

We have several of these we use for taking this to go. I haven also lucked up before and found a large plastic container with lid at the dollar store!

BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 

Save money and make this easy and delicious pasta salad today!

This truly is the perfect dish to feed a crowd on a budget. You can use any type of pasta you prefer or have on hand.

I often use what is on sale that week at the grocery store or already is in the pantry. Penne, elbow and bowtie pasta are all great in this recipe.

By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

Sometimes I add extra tomatoes and toss in a few other veggies. I like bell peppers and red onion. You can substitute roma tomatoes for the grape tomatoes.

We have used turkey bacon before and it was still delicious. Just use what you have or can get on sale!

I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!

Print this easy blt pasta salad recipe below:

BLT Pasta Salad

4.89 from 9 votes
BLT Pasta Salad is always a crowd pleaser. There is something about that creamy ranch dressing combined with the bacon and veggies that make this delicious. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 655
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon cooked crisp and diced
  • 16 oz pasta cooked and cooled bowtie or rotini
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • fresh parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Whisk together mayonnaise and ranch dressing
  • In a large bowl assemble the pasta, tomatoes, cheese, red onion, lettuce and bacon.
  • Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 655kcal, Carbohydrates 61g, Protein 16g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 9g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 576mg, Potassium 319mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1077IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 170mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. I made this today. Really easy to make – I left out the lettuce and used real bacon bits because I was being kind of lazy – it turned out so great!!

  2. Hi this looks delicious. Just wondering if it would be good if prepared ahead of time and left in the fridge for a day?

  3. I haven’t had an issue with the lettuce browning. I usually just make it the night before serving. I do not make it multiple days in advance.