Rotini pasta tossed in a ranch sauce along with chicken, cherry tomatoes, and bacon - the perfect side dish to your next picnic or BBQ!
I've always been a pasta salad fanatic. Potato salad, too. I know usually with the guys, the grilled meats are the hit, but in our family the girls tend to gravitate towards the salads!
My mom has always made a KILLER potato salad, one that no one would even attempt to top or recreate. But I have to say over the years, we've tried various different versions of pasta salad and all were... meh. Boring, I suppose would be the word to describe them!
Just in our immediate family along, with our husbands and kids, we already have 11 people together pretty much every weekend during the summer. Dad usually grills burgers and hot dogs, and my mom, sister, and I are left with figuring out the rest of the spread that my mom usually lays out on her kitchen island.
I can guarantee that this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad will become a HIT at our next weekend BBQ together! The bacon and the tomato really POP with flavor against the pasta and ranch sauce. And the chicken just takes it over the top. You really have to try this!
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- 16 oz rotini pasta, cooked and cooled under running water
- 8 slices Hormel BLACK LABEL Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3 cups mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 10 oz can Hormel Chunk Chicken, drained
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse under cold water. In a separate bowl, mix together bacon, mayo, ranch dressing mix, tomatoes, and chicken.
- Pour over pasta in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Keep refrigerated before serving.
I love using Hormel Chunk Chicken in recipes, it's just so easy and adds great-tasting protein to meals and side dishes. And of course Hormel Black Label Bacon is always exceptional quality, it comes in traditional bacon varieties, fully cooked bacon, thicken cut bacon, & Canadian bacon. Something for every recipe!
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