Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad recipe

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Take macaroni salad to the next level with this Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad recipe! It’s a recipe that everyone will definitely want once they try it! And the best part is it goes from the kitchen to the picnic table in no time flat!

You cannot go wrong with a classic macaroni salad, but modifying it for a refreshing change is a tasty idea! That is why this macaroni salad with ranch dressing and bacon is so perfectly different and delicious!

A top view of a bowl of ranch macaroni salad with bacon, with tomatoes as garnish and on the side

Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad

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Also called a BLT Macaroni Salad, you can experiment with what kind of pasta shape you like best. Why not try rotelle, bowtie, penne or even mini shells to really fancy it up?

For the dressing, nothing comes close to the combo of ranch dressing mix and mayo! To keep it even easier, make this salad with ranch dressing instead of the powder mix. So many options, right? For a fun and tasty alternative, try subbing chicken for the bacon and make your own version of a chicken bacon ranch macaroni salad!

Ingredients assembled to make bacon ranch macaroni salad.

How To Make Ranch Macaroni Salad

  1. Cook pasta to package directions, set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon, drain off the fat and crumble.
  3. Combine everything in a large bowl and stir gently to combine.
  4. Chill at least 2 hours to let the flavors blend.

What To Serve With Ranch Macaroni Salad?

A great side salad deserves great sides and a great entrée! Here are a few of my absolute faves!

Can You Make Macaroni Salad In Advance?

You totally can make macaroni salad in advance! Make it the day before and let all the flavors blend together. More than a day in advance and the salad might start to get a little watery and the pasta may become a little too soft.

My general rule of thumb is that it’s best to make macaroni salad and then serve it within a day or so for maximum freshness and flavor.

A bowl of macaroni salad made with ranch dressing, bacon and tomatoes.

Can You Freeze Macaroni Salad?

It’s possible to freeze the individual components of the salad and then assemble them when it’s time to build the salad. But ideally, prepare and make the salad no more than 24 hours in advance if you want the very best quality!

Other Pasta Salads To Try

Southwest Pasta Salad – a zesty alternative.

BLT Pasta Salad – it’s an entree salad.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – fresh and full of veggies!

BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad – perfect for a BBQ!

Spaghetti Salad – so different and delicious.

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Servings: 8 servings
Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ranch macaroni salad

This easy to make Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad goes from the kitchen to the picnic table in no time flat!

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces macaroni noodles cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons purple onion diced
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  2. Cook the bacon, drain and crumble.

  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the macaroni, Ranch dressing, tomatoes and crumbled bacon.

  4. Stir well.
  5. Refrigerate to let flavors marinate.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 300, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 355mg, Potassium: 157mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 86%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 14%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A close up of bacon ranch macaroni salad, garnished with bacon, tomatoes and green onions.

 

A top view of ranch macaroni salad with bacon and tomatoes.
Top photo - A close up of ranch macaroni salad with bacon and tomatoes. Bottom photo - ingredients to make bacon ranch macaroni salad.

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10 comments on “Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad recipe”

  1. Bet it would be good with peperoni in it also

  2. I’m not big on ranch , was thinking doing it with ceasar dressing with cherry tomatoes

  3. I will definitely make this for the 4th!! What size bottle of ranch do you use? As always, thank you posting amazing recipes!

  4. This looks delish! Just curious, what size bottle of Ranch should I use?

  5. I make this…and we love it…I do add chopped celery and green onions….and any other veggie I might have on hand…BACON is good in ANYthing. :))
    Thanks for reminding me to make this for the 4th….:)
    over from whats cooking…

  6. This macaroni salad looks great and I definitely love the ranch flavor! I am featuring this at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. https://www.whatscookinglove.com/2013/06/showcase-your-talent-thursday-65.html. I also shared it on Facebook and pinned it!

  7. I would agree. This is my favorite as well!

  8. Ohhh your macaroni salad sounds SO GOOD!!! Looks like a great picnic dish!!!! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely try this out this summer!!!!

  9. Hi JB,
    We would really enjoy this salad. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I added romaine lettuce, herbs from my garden and green onions and everyone raved.

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