BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad — EASY, ready in 15 minutes, feeds a crowd, and PERFECT for potlucks and parties. Creamy ranch dressing perfectly coats the pasta and BACON. Guaranteed family FAVORITE!

BLT Pasta Salad in white bowl

Easy BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

This BLT pasta salad screams summertime picnics, potlucks, and casual backyard get-togethers. It’s easy, ready in 15 minutes, feeds a crowd, and has all the flavors of a traditional BLT minus the bread. Insert pasta.

I love the romaine lettuce that’s woven through the tender pasta, along with juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp bacon, and green onions. To save time, I use precooked bacon that I simply zap in the microwave for a minute before dicing, but you can make it the old-fashioned way if you prefer.

Everything is tossed in zesty, creamy ranch dressing that’s spiked with a hint of barbecue sauce. The dressing is perfect and ties this family-friendly bow tie pasta salad together.

What’s in BLT Pasta Salad? 

To make this bacon ranch pasta salad recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Bowtie pasta
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cooked bacon
  • Green onions
  • Ranch dressing
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Black pepper

BLT pasta salad in white bowl with fork

How to Make BLT Pasta Salad 

To make this bacon ranch pasta salad, you first need to cook the bow tie pasta according to package directions, drain, and add to a large bowl. Then, add the lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, and toss to combine.

In a separate bowl, add the ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, and pepper and stir to combine. Evenly drizzle over the bacon ranch pasta salad. If necessary, add additional ranch as desired to evenly coat the BLT pasta salad. 

This BLT Pasta salad is best enjoyed fresh, as the lettuce wilts the longer it sits in the ranch dressing. If you want to make this easy pasta salad ahead of time, I suggest prepping the pasta and veggies and storing them separately in the fridge until you’re ready to make the salad. 

What Type of Bacon Should I Use? 

You can use any type of bacon you’d like — turkey bacon, regular bacon, and any flavored bacon is fine. And if you don’t eat meat, you can omit the bacon and still make a delicious pasta salad! 

Can I Use Another Type of Pasta? 

Yep, feel free to use any pasta you have on hand. Whole wheat pasta would work well in this recipe too, I just didn’t have any. 

BLT Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 15 minutes, feeds a crowd, and PERFECT for potlucks and parties!! Creamy ranch dressing perfectly coats the pasta and BACON! Guaranteed family FAVORITE!!

How Long Does BLT Pasta Salad Last?

Because this BLT pasta salad contains fresh tomatoes and lettuce, it’s best eaten within 24 hours of making it. After that, the veggies start to wilt and the pasta softens.  

Tips for Making Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

If you cook the bacon yourself (i.e. don’t buy the pre-cooked stuff like I did), you may want to save some of the drippings and stir a tablespoon or two into the BLT pasta salad. Bacon lovers will go crazy for it! 

And if you don’t have any cherry tomatoes on hand, you can use another type. Just make sure to dice the tomato fairly small so it’s easy to eat with the bow tie pasta. 

Depending on how “saucy” you want your BLT pasta salad to be, you may need to add a little more dressing than the recipe calls for. 

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

EASY, ready in 15 minutes, feeds a crowd, and PERFECT for potlucks and parties. Creamy ranch dressing perfectly coats the pasta and BACON. Guaranteed family FAVORITE!

Yield: 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) uncooked farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • about 6 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cooked bacon, diced small
  • 4 green onions, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing, or more if desired
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and add to a large bowl.
  2. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, and toss to combine; set aside.
  3. To a small bowl, add the ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, pepper, stir to combine, and evenly drizzle over the salad. If necessary, add additional ranch as desired to evenly coat the salad.
  4. Serve immediately after dressed. Salad is best fresh.

Notes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 662mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 15g

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19 comments on “BLT Pasta Salad”

  1. You can’t go wrong with BLT and I really like the idea of ranch dressing spiked with a little BBQ sauce! This looks like a great summer salad!

  2. I love absolutely EVERYTHING about this salad! The juicy tomatoes, smoky bacon… and the addition of a touch of bbq sauce! I know this’ll be a favorite for Kailey!

    • I was literally just leaving a comment on your cucumber and avocado salad! We were commenting on each other’s blogs at the same time xoxo

      And yes I know you guys love salads like this at your house :)

  3. This pasta salad looks incredible!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  4. I love that you put lettuce in it too! This salad looks so good!

  5. Although I am on a low-carb diet right now…that pasta salad looks beautiful.

  6. hey girl- this pasta looks so good! mmmmm

  7. BLT and Ranch were made for each other!

  8. Hi Averie, I made this tonight… Yum!  Thank you soooooo much for this easy and delicious recipe.  My husband liked it, too, which is always a big ‘score’ for me.  Thanks again!

  9. I’m thinking Italian dressing instead of Ranch. Yum!

  10. What kind of BBQ sauce did you use?

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