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BLT Pasta Salad with Herb Ranch Dressing

This fun pasta salad has all the flavors of a BLT sandwich packed inside and is generously covered with a homemade herb ranch dressing. Take this pasta salad to any summer cook-out and watch it disappear!
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • 8 strips bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup loosely-packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup loosely-packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions and reserve 1/3 cup pasta cooking water. Place pasta in a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  • Add chopped bacon, tomato, lettuce, and lemon juice to cooled pasta and toss to combine.
  • Prepare the dressing: Place all dressing ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour dressing over pasta salad and stir to coat. Stir in reserved 1/3 cup pasta water. Season salad with salt and pepper. Refrigerate salad at least 1 hour until cold.

Notes

Store pasta salad in refrigerator up to 3 days.