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BLT Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe (Gluten Free, Vegan/Vegetarian Options)

This BLT Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is a crowd-pleaser summer BBQ side dish: loaded with bacon, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch dressing.  This is the perfect side for your next grill out!  Everyone will love this dish, and you can customize it to make it gluten free, vegetarian or vegan if your guests have dietary restrictions.
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It’s almost Memorial Day and that means the kick-off or BBQ season!  We love having friends (and sometimes family if we’re lucky to have them in town) over to kick back, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. And this BLT ranch pasta salad is the perfect summer side dish to take your BBQ to the next level. This creamy dish is SO simple to make and is great to make ahead for your next party.

This BLT Pasta Salad Recipe Is:

  • Creamy
  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Tangy
  • Satisfying
  • A Crowd-Pleaser Summer Side Dish
  • Easily Made Gluten Free, Vegetarian, or Vegan with a few simple swaps

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30 Minute Pasta Salad Recipes for Entertaining

This Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is what I call an Easy Entertaining Recipe – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those last-minute potluck invites, or when you just want a healthy homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Just as fast as grabbing a quick prepared side dish from the store (and way more impressive too)!  If you’re heading to a party, potluck, or BBQ, check out my list of top host gifts for summer entertaining for that next-level gift your host will love!

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What’s In This Ranch BLT Pasta Salad?

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A Great Make-Ahead BLT Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This fresh BLT pasta salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event… and the dressing tastes even better after being refrigerated overnight. A true crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love!

How Do I Make This Creamy BLT Pasta Salad Recipe?

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain in a colander and rinse pasta under cold water to cool noodles.
  2. Add pasta to a large bowl. Toss in tomatoes, spinach, and bacon crumbles.
  3. In a separate bowl add the ranch dressing, mayo, apple cider vinegar, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Whisk well to combine, then pour dressing over the pasta salad.  Toss until noodles are well coated in dressing and chill before serving.

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Dietary Modifications for this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

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BLT Ranch Pasta Salad

Kelly Jensen
This BLT Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is a crowd-pleaser summer BBQ side dish: loaded with bacon, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch dressing.  This is the perfect side for your next grill out!  Everyone will love this dish, and you can customize it to make it gluten free, vegetarian or vegan if your guests have dietary restrictions.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Midwestern Fusion
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces pasta use gluten free for GF version
  • 1 cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 3 cups fresh spinach chopped
  • 1 cup cooked bacon crumbled, or bacon 1/2 cup vegan bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing plant based for vegan or vegetarian version
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise plant based for vegan or vegetarian version
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon tellicherry black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain in a colander and rinse pasta under cold water to cool noodles.
  • Add pasta to a large bowl. Toss in tomatoes, spinach, and bacon crumbles.
  • In a separate bowl add the ranch dressing, mayo, apple cider vinegar, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Whisk well to combine, then pour dressing over the pasta salad.  Toss until noodles are well coated in dressing and chill before serving.

Notes

Dietary Modifications for this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad Recipe
To make this recipe gluten free, make sure you are using a gluten free pasta.  They have some delicious gluten free rotini out there, which is a great option if you are entertaining a lot of people.  That way if anyone has a gluten intolerance, they can enjoy too.  And with any prepared dressing, make sure the ranch is certified gluten free as well.
To make this recipe vegan or vegetarian, use plant-based bacon bits, and a dairy and egg free mayo and ranch dressing.
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