Take homemade macaroni salad to the next level with this creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad! It goes from the kitchen to the picnic table in no time flat!

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

Bacon ranch macaroni salad in a white bowl topped with bacon and tomatoes

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


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Macaroni Salad Ingredients

Pasta – While this recipe calls for macaroni style pasta, you can experiment with any pasta shape you like best. Why not try rotelle, bow tie, penne or even mini shells to really fancy it up?

Veggies –  Tomatoes and onions are classic add ins for this ranch pasta salad recipe. Other delicious additions might be diced cucumbers, red peppers, or celery. Get creative!

Meat – Bacon is perfect in this pasta salad! For a fun and tasty alternative, try subbing chicken in place of bacon for your own version of a chicken bacon ranch macaroni salad!

Dressing – The dressing for this recipe is super simple – ranch dressing mix and mayo! You can use either the bottled ranch dressing or the powdered mix.

Adding diced cheese is a great way to jazz up this salad. Use a sharp cheddar, marble or a spicy Monterey jack.

Ingredients for bacon ranch pasta salad

How To Make Macaroni Salad

It takes only 3 easy steps to make this delicious homemade ranch pasta salad.

  1. Cook: Pasta should be cooked al dente. Bacon should be cooked crisp and crumbled.
  2. Chop: Onions should be diced and tomatoes cut into quarters.
  3. Mix: Combine all ingredients and chill to allow the flavors to blend.

What To Serve With Ranch Macaroni Salad?

A great side salad deserves a great entrée! And this pasta salad is best served along side your favorite main dish.

Let’s not forget dessertCaramel Brownies, Texas Sheet Cake, or Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy, hand held desserts perfect for potlucks or backyard barbecues!

Bacon ranch pasta salad in a white bowl with tomatoes and bacon on the side


Leftovers are not an issue with this ranch pasta salad because it gets devoured so fast! But if you do have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for about a day. Any longer and the salad may become watery and the pasta may become a bit soft as well.

You can make this salad in advance for maximum flavor and also convenience. However I would recommend no longer than a day for integrity and freshness.

This creamy pasta salad is best served cold. On a hot day, it’s a good idea to fit your serving bowl inside a larger bowl that has been filled with ice. This will help keep your macaroni salad cool and delicious!

Other Pasta Salads To Try

Southwest Pasta Salad – a zesty alternative.

BLT Pasta Salad – 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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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This easy to make Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad goes from the kitchen to the picnic table in no time flat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


  • 8 ounces macaroni noodles
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • ½ pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons purple onion diced


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook the bacon, drain and crumble.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the macaroni, Ranch dressing, tomatoes, onions and crumbled bacon. Stir well.
  • Refrigerate about 2 hours to allow flavors to blend.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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

  2. 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…

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

  4. 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