This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is going to be an instant hit at BBQs and picnics this summer! It's loaded with chicken, bacon, cheese, olives, and coated with a delicious ranch dressing.
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is going to be an instant hit at BBQs and picnics this summer! It's loaded with chicken, bacon, cheese, olives, and coated with a delicious ranch dressing.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

Ingredients

Dressing

Salad

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 16 ounces Cavatappi pasta
  • 8 bacon strips cooked and chopped
  • ounces cheddar cheese cubed
  • 3-4 ounces black olives sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes sliced
  • chives for garnish

Instructions

Dressing

  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and place in the fridge.

Salad

  • If you are not using precooked chicken and bacon, cook those as you normally would, either by baking or frying. Once cooked, shred or chop the chicken and chop the bacon.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and run cold water over the pasta to stop it from cooking and to cool it down.
  • Add all of the salad ingredients into a large salad bowl and mix in the dressing, tossing to combine. Garnish with chives and extra parmesan cheese if desired. Let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours for best taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.9mg