This pasta salad is loaded up with fresh ingredients, and tossed with a creamy ranch sauce. This dish is constantly being requested and it never lasts long! Perfect for potlucks or family meals.
The hubs and I found this wonderful Chicken Bacon Ranch pasta salad at our local market in the deli section. We of course had to give it a try. And we fell in love. Which means?! That’s right..we had to duplicate it. Although, I must say, our version is so much better! Probably because we were able to load ours with more of our favorite ingredients. One of those being..bacon. Oh yum. This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish, or even as lunch meal. And if it ever warms back up, it’ll be perfect to take to BBQ’s.
To save time making this dish I would recommend cooking the chicken and the bacon before hand. But if you don’t have the time to do that, or if you’re like me and don’t plan that far ahead, it’s still very easy to toss this all together. I just put the chicken in the oven to bake at 375 while I cooked up the bacon and had the pasta boiling. Then once it’s all cooked, drain the noodles, place them in a large bowl and put them in the fridge to cool. Chop up the bacon and the chicken and put it in another bowl into the fridge to cool. Once all the ingredients are cooled off it’s as simple as tossing it all together!
The ranch dressing that this is tossed in is not overwhelming at all, letting the flavors of the ingredients in the salad shine in all their glory. If you would prefer a stronger ranch flavor you could always toss it in an actual ranch dressing. Personally, with all the other ingredients I love how light the flavor of the ranch comes out.
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