Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

homemade Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Are you looking for a dish that combines creamy, crispy, and zippy all in one bite?

The chicken bacon ranch pasta salad is a sure hit for any BBQ, holiday, or family gathering, promising a delightful blend of flavors that everyone will love.

I first encountered this incredible salad at a summer potluck where it quickly became the star of the menu.

Initially skeptical about the mix of chicken, bacon, and ranch in a pasta salad, I was pleasantly surprised at how perfectly the creamy dressing complemented the smoky bacon and juicy grilled chicken.

It was a glow-up from the traditional pasta salads I grew up with. Inspired, I started making my own version of creamy chicken bacon ranch pasta salad, adding rainbow veggies, sweet corn, and sometimes even avocado for that extra creamy touch without relying solely on mayo.

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet spring lunch or gearing up for summer BBQs, this pasta salad is easy to make and even easier to customise to your liking, making it a nostalgic yet fresh choice on any summer day.

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homemade Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Ingredients

For The Pasta Salad

  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, cubed or 1½-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces turkey bacon
  • 8 ounces cavatappi or bowtie pasta (or your favorite pasta)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (opt for heirloom cherry tomatoes for a splash of color)
  • 1½ cups corn (grilled, raw, or sautéed)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion (or substitute with diced green onion)
  • 1 slightly ripe avocado, diced

For The Greek Yogurt Ranch

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Grill or cook your chicken in advance. You can dice the chicken into ½-inch cubes or shred it. Diced chicken is recommended for this recipe, but use what you prefer or have ready.
  2. Cook the Turkey Bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, add turkey bacon and cook until crispy and golden brown. If the pan smokes, lower the heat to medium-low. Once cooked, use a paper towel to blot out excess grease, then chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  3. Cook the Pasta: Boil your choice of pasta until al dente, drain, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Make the Greek Yogurt Ranch: In a separate bowl, mix Greek yogurt with ranch dressing until smooth. Pour this mixture over the pasta and stir to combine everything evenly.
  5. Combine Everything: Add the grilled chicken, crispy turkey bacon, corn, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced red onions, and diced avocado to the pasta. Toss gently to mix all the ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, or ranch dressing if desired.
  6. Serve: This homemade chicken bacon ranch pasta salad can serve 6 people, or 4 for a heartier meal. Garnish with extra corn, cherry tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and bacon before serving.

Creamy chicken bacon ranch pasta salad

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