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chicken, bacon, and ranch pasta salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Aleta Hepp
Louisville, KY

This is a pasta salad I have been making for at least 15 years. So simple and easy, yet it tastes so good everyone will think it took forever to make it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This chicken, bacon, and ranch pasta salad could be a light summer meal or a hearty side dish. Crumbled bacon adds a nice smoky, savory crunch to the colorful and refreshing salad. Ranch dressing is the perfect choice because its flavor works well with the mixed vegetables, chicken, and bacon. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken means the only real cooking that has to happen is boiling the rotini pasta and frying the bacon.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 8 - 10
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For chicken, bacon, and ranch pasta salad

  • 1 pkg
    frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (family-size bag, 19 oz)
  • 1 box
    vegetable rotini pasta (8 servings size, 16 oz)
  • 1
    rotisserie chicken, deboned
  • 8 slice
    bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 jar
    homemade ranch dressing (or 1 bottle store-bought, 16 oz)

How To Make chicken, bacon, and ranch pasta salad

  • Boiling pasta on the stove.
    Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool. While pasta is cooking, make ranch dressing (if using homemade).
  • Shredding a rotisserie chicken.
    Shred chicken.
  • Chicken in a bowl with vegetables and cooked pasta.
    Add to a large bowl with vegetables and cooked pasta. Toss to combine.
  • Bacon and ranch dressing mixed into the bowl.
    Add bacon and ranch dressing to the bowl. Stir until all ingredients are coated with dressing. Refrigerate until chilled and serve cold.