Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


This is a very flavorful bacon ranch pasta salad. The crisp cooked bacon really adds a nice flavor. I get requests for this popular side dish for every get-together and cookout.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta

  • 10 slices bacon

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix

  • ½ teaspoon garlic pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ cup milk, or as needed

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • 1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives

  • 1 cup 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. Mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic pepper, and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Stir in milk until smooth.

  4. Place rotini, bacon, tomato, black olives, and cheese in a bowl and toss to coat with dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

    close up view of Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad in a white bowl
    Melissa Goff

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
27g Fat
15g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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