Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect for BBQ's and all your summer get togethers. It's loaded with pasta, bacon, cheese, olives, tomatoes, and onion then tossed with a simple, creamy ranch dressing.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 to 16 servings


  • 1 (12 oz) package tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (1 oz) packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 (4.25 oz) can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits (about 10 slices cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook the pasta in salted water for the maximum time according to the directions on the package (about 10 minutes). Drain and run under cold water until cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, dry ranch mix, and garlic salt.
  3. Add the cooled pasta, diced tomatoes and onions, sliced olives, chopped bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. Fold gently until everything is coated with the dressing. Refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.

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