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Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – this delicious salad is loaded with veggies (broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas), sharp Cheddar cheese, pasta shells, and bacon! With so many veggies in this salad, you get both healthy food and comfort food all in one! The salad can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free pasta shells.

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Use grape or cherry tomatoes and use them whole, uncut, – this will allow the salad to stay fresh longer in the refrigerator!

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The salad is easy to put together, only 30 minutes from start to finish! It’s perfect for cook-outs, BBQ’s, parties, or as an easy weeknight dinner!

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Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped into smaller bites
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sweet peas, cooked
  • 8 oz pasta shells, cooked
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons dry Ranch mix, or more, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combined chopped blanched broccoli, chopped cooked bacon, whole cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cooked sweet peas, cooked pasta shells.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine mayo and milk and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of dry Ranch mix. Mix well and taste to see if you need to add more dry Ranch mix to the dressing.
  3. Gradually add the salad dressing to the large bowl with the salad ingredients. Some people like lots of dressing on their salad, some don't - let your taste be your guide as far as how much dressing to add!



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  • Gim January 24, 2016, 10:28 pm

    Made this tonight and loved it! Had 2 bowls of it already! Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

  • Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'! January 30, 2016, 4:38 pm

    This looks amazing! My husband doesn’t like plain broccoli but he likes broccoli with “stuff” LOL! And great tip about leaving the tomatoes whole…I never thought of that!

  • Sweet Somethings Blog February 18, 2016, 5:33 pm

    This looks so colorful and yummy! Anything with bacon is delicious in my book!

  • Archana February 26, 2016, 12:27 am

    Wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I will certainly try it and post the feedback here.


  • Teresa March 7, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Hi! I made this pasta salad for a church potluck. It is delicious! I followed the instructions to the t. It is now on my favorites list.

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:15 pm

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jen March 16, 2016, 4:55 pm

    I made this tonight, but doubled all the vegetables and added shredded carrots. So good! All the kids loved it!

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:12 pm

      Love carrots – what a great addition!

  • Emily March 24, 2016, 3:36 pm

    Could I make this the night before and Refrigerate until ready to serve? Or does it need to be made fresh?

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:09 pm

      You could chop up all the salad ingredients, refrigerate and add the salad dressing when you’re ready to serve, next day – you can definitely do that! That’s why I use cherry tomatoes – it make refrigerating this salad very easy.

  • Tracy Hall May 15, 2016, 1:04 pm

    I made this today thinking I would cheat and use regular ranch dressing instead of making it but all I had was ranch with bacon dressing…omg yummier yet! Thanks so much for this recipe!!

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:07 pm

      Ranch with bacon dressing – better yet! 🙂

  • Fiona May 17, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Could you use regular ranch?

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:06 pm

      Yes, you can use regular Ranch.

  • Aletta May 17, 2016, 4:12 pm

    I am pork free. What can I use to replace bacon.

    • Gigi May 27, 2016, 6:18 pm

      Turkey bacon.

  • Karen May 31, 2016, 3:24 pm

    My husband says it reminded him of a 7 layer salad ( which he LOVES!)
    After I assembled and had it in the fridge for a few hours, I decided to mix in about a quarter cup of Italian dressing, because the pasta seemed to soak up the dressing and I wanted it a little more moist, and I felt that put it over -the -top -delicious!! Will definitely make this again! It was simple, fast and very yummy! Thanks!

  • Karen May 31, 2016, 3:29 pm

    My husband said it reminded him of my seven layer salad which he loves! After I assembled it and put it in the fridge for a few hours I decided to add about a quarter cup of Italian dressing because the pasta seem to have absorbed most of the dressing and I wanted it a little more moist. This I felt put it over-the-top delicious! Thanks for posting a simple easy and very yummy recipe !

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Karen, so glad you enjoyed it! I’ll have to try this salad with the Italian dressing now to see how it would taste.

  • Joani June 12, 2016, 3:55 pm

    I made this today and added some leftover grilled chicken to it. It was super yummy and made for a nice and light lunch! I will be making it again soon.

    • Julia June 28, 2016, 7:02 pm

      Chicken sounds like a delicious addition! I should try that!

  • Kelli July 8, 2016, 1:45 pm

    I like to add chicken and black olives as well very very delicious !!!

    • Julia July 9, 2016, 2:58 pm

      Delicious! Adding chicken and olives makes it more like a dinner!

  • Diane August 30, 2016, 10:09 pm

    I am planning on making this in large quatities for a reception. Any idea how much crumbled bacon from 10 strips? I was thinking to use precooked real bacon crumbles and ranch dressing. Thank you.

  • Toni Mitchell September 6, 2016, 3:32 pm

    Hi, this sounds sooo good! I cant wait to make it this week, should I use can peas or frozen? Thanks!!

    • Carly February 25, 2017, 2:34 pm

      Frozen!! Definitely frozen! Canned would be a mushy mess.

  • Jenni December 25, 2016, 5:49 pm

    I really enjoyed this pasta salad. For ease, instead of frying bacon I used Oscar Meyer real bacon pieces. Will definitely make it again.

    • Julia January 2, 2017, 11:42 pm

      Thank you, Jenni, so glad you liked the recipe! 🙂

  • Jan April 8, 2017, 12:40 pm

    Could I use sour cream or plain yogurt instead of mayo in th dressing?

  • Sharon Sorenson May 14, 2017, 8:51 pm

    Hi ! I found this recipe last night looking for an easy and refreshing cold pasta salad. Easy by far and delicious! I made this for Mother’s Day luncheon and as everyone has said prior, everyone loves it!

    Thank you for posting. I will definitely be making this again!

  • Jaime June 5, 2017, 10:52 pm

    How many points per serving.. and how big is the serving

  • Megan June 9, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Would it be absolutely terrible if I eliminated the milk??

  • Kim June 12, 2017, 7:53 pm

    What are your thoughts on using penne pasta instead of shells? I don’t think it would make much difference really but would like your thoughts on it.

  • paula July 1, 2017, 12:57 pm

    I just now made this using a gluten free pasta and I must say, it is excellent. I didn’t use the shell form but rather fussili pasta. It tastes really good. I’m sure it will be even better in a few hours for our holiday gathering! It’s a very easy to follow recipe and I even blanched the broccoli. I love the blanched flavor so much better than completely raw! I guess you could leave it raw and save that step but why? when the flavor is so much better! I did the broccoli prep work last night so it had a chance to chill, and I did the bacon ahead of time, too. Makes assembling the dish faster and easier. THanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll use it more in the future I am sure.

  • Sarah August 28, 2017, 12:14 pm

    Just made this for the first time and it was delicious! Definitely recommend!!

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