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Easy Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

 

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

One of the most popular pasta salad recipes is this one, full of bacon, rotisserie chicken (yes, you could use canned for ease but rotisserie is better), ranch, cheese and even olives. Cade is not a fan of olives, but I am so they get added. It’s been such an easy recipe to quickly make before a potluck or bbq and it’s always an empty bowl within the first few minutes. Pasta salad recipes are some of our readers’ favorite recipes like our Easy Greek Pasta Salad.

 Can You Make Pasta Salad Ahead of Time?

While it will stay good for a couple days, it’s best to make pasta salad the day of or the day before you plan to eat it.

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There are a few things we need to talk about before we jump to the easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad recipe. It’s the FAQ part of our day so I think we should get those out of the way. I’ll break them into easy sections so you can scroll through and find the info you need.

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks! ohsweetbasil.com

How Much Pasta Salad For 100 People?

I have no idea who you all cook for, but we often get asked how much pasta salad for 100 people and though I’d expect to find the answer on something like Martha Stewart I never have so I’ll just answer. You’ll need about 6 pounds of pasta, so for this recipe you’re going to have to make 12 times the amount. Holy. Pasta. Salad. And on that note, the second most asked question is how much pasta salad to serve 50 people? Haha, you all must have wonderful friends or church groups you feed. If 100 people needed about 6 pounds of pasta you’re going to need 3 pounds of pasta to feed 50 people.

You should be serving about an ounce of pasta salad per person. There’s veggies and more in there so it’s not as skimpy as it sounds.

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

How Long Is Pasta Salad Good For?

Many, myself included have asked at one point or another, how long is pasta salad good for? I really think pasta salad is only good the day it is made, edible the next day and too far gone by the third day. It should be stored in the fridge and you definitely want to cover it. If I ever need to make it ahead I just wait to add the dressing until serving.

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

Stop Serving Cold Pasta Salad

Speaking of serving, can we just quickly talk about pasta salad being served straight from the fridge? It’s bland when it’s freezing cold like that. Again, this is why I prefer it to be made and served fresh. I’m not saying you should let it sit out for hours and get everyone sick, just don’t chill it all day and then serve it freezing cold or it wont be as flavorful.

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

Because pasta salad can be a little bland or slimy, which is why I used to cringe whenever it was served, it’s essential that you add flavor that can stand up to the plain, cold pasta. We went with a combination of ranch and chili lime ranch but you can obviously do whatever flavors you want. The chicken absolutely should be well seasoned or a rotisserie chicken but in a pinch it’s totally fine to use canned chicken, just remember you will be sacrificing flavor.

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks! ohsweetbasil.com

The Secret to Pasta Salad

I know this sounds a little crazy because I hate overcooked pasta but in a pasta salad if you cook it past al dente it will actually suck up more of the flavor so the secret to pasta salad is totally to overcook it!

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

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Easy Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks! ohsweetbasil.com

Easy Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Tri Color Pasta cooked and drained
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup Sliced Carrots
  • 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken shredded
  • 1 Cup Peas thawed
  • 2 1/2 ounce can sliced olives drained
  • 1 Cup Halved Grape Tomatoes
  • 3 Slices Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Chili Lime Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese shredded or cubed (more to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small pan, add the broccoli and carrots and just enough water to cover the veggies.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes and drain then place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
  • Drain again.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, ranches, chicken, and all other ingredients plus a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Fold to combine and serve immediately or chill, covered in the fridge for up to 8 hours, removing from the fridge for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

This salad recipe should not be kept for more than 3 days covered in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 669mg29%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

Looking for an easy pasta salad recipe for a bbq? This easy bacon chicken ranch pasta salad is seriously one of my favorite side dish recipes for potlucks! ohsweetbasil.com

California Club Pasta Salad

california club pasta salad recipe for those lazy summer days. We love the chunks of chicken, avocado and salty, crisp bacon!

A favorite summer recipe! California Club Pasta Salad ohsweetbasil.com

Pizza Pasta Salad

This pizza pasta salad is full of cheese, pepperoni and even olives!

Serve Pizza Pasta Salad at your next barbecue and enjoy the delicious flavors of an Everything Pizza in this veggie, pepperoni, and cheese filled side dish. ohsweetbasil.com

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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5 comments

  • hey girl- this looks amazing!

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  • Sounds delish, is there a recipe for the chili lime salad dressing? I want to make this for a cool lunch during the hot summer.

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    • Hi Susan,
      It’s just ranch we bought at the store, they have a new chili lime flavor 🙂

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      • Thank you, I usually make my ranch dressing from the jar of dry mix, didn’t realize they had a chili lime, will look for it when I go shopping tonight. Need to see if I can make this Weight Watcher friendly. Looks so good. Can’t wait to try it.

      • Oh for sure let us know if you come up with a WW friendly recipe!

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