Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. . . loaded with chicken, bacon, avocados, and other yummy ingredients, this salad is sure to become a family favorite!
During the hot summer months, we love a good main dish salad for dinner. I nice cold pasta salad can be so refreshing, not to mention tasty! I combined several of our favorite flavors to come up with this recipe, and it was an instant winner!
This pasta salad is not only great for dinner at home, it is perfect for picnics and BBQ’s. Just put it in an airtight container or gallon sized ziplock bag and toss it in a cooler full of ice. If you take it to a potluck, I bet you’ll come home with an empty bowl!
- 16 oz. bag spiral pasta
- 3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 1/2 pound bacon, cooked till crispy and crumbled
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 1/3 cups ranch dressing (or more)
- Cook pasta in salted boiling water. Drain and cool.
- Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add chicken, bacon, celery, green onions, and tomatoes. Mix well.
- Stir in ranch dressing. Stir in avocado right before serving.
- Serve immediately or chill. Garnish with extra bacon if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 885mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g
Since today is International Picnic Day, I’m teaming up with my fellow #celebratingfood bloggers to bring you enough picnic recipes to make a picnic spread fit for a king!
Italian Orzo Pasta Salad from The Stay At Home Chef
S’more Truffle Pops from Ashlee Marie
Turkey Club Picnic Sandwiches from The Baker Upstairs
Slow Cooker Savory Baked Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Real Mom Kitchen
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Creations by Kara (you’re here!)
Macaroni Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad from Life Made Simple
BBQ Chicken Salad Wraps from Summer Scraps
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