Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad

Friday, March 15, 2019

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad

Spring is arriving soon, so that has me screaming SALADS!
This creamy ranch pasta salad is filled with grilled chicken, bacon and veggies.

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad...a creamy, homemade dressing is tossed with grilled chicken, bacon, pasta, veggies and cheese!  Such a great salad for entertaining, grilling out, a fun side dish or even the main meal! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Well, it's been a month.

I'm only going to chat about it for a hot second because frankly I want to forget it forever, but here it goes.

From the span of February 8 to March 10 we had five case of Influenza A {if you're counting, that would be our whole family}, two ear infections and one case of bronchitis {me}.  I will not sugar coat the misery.  It was awful.

As soon as one would semi-recover, another one would go down.  I've never spent so much time in my bedroom in bed.  The husband was a trooper, as though he did get sick, it was early in the process and didn't seem to last as long as the rest of us.  So he became the housekeeper, errand runner, activity scheduler and school picker-upper.

I'm fairly certain he wants to forget this season as well.

On the plus side, I got in a lot of good TV binging.

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad...a creamy, homemade dressing is tossed with grilled chicken, bacon, pasta, veggies and cheese!  Such a great salad for entertaining, grilling out, a fun side dish or even the main meal! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Needless to say my blog suffered a bit!  I wasn't eating much, therefore I was cooking VERY little.  We existed on a lot of sandwiches, cereal, scrambled eggs and well whatever looked good at the moment.

BUT....I have since recovered.  And my appetite is finally back.  So guess what I made yesterday? This delicious Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad.

It's insanely good.  So creamy and tangy and full of flavor.  Plus, the best part is that it can be a side dish or a full meal.  Because, you see I added grilled chicken AND bacon.  When you add meat to anything it's a full dish, right?

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad...a creamy, homemade dressing is tossed with grilled chicken, bacon, pasta, veggies and cheese!  Such a great salad for entertaining, grilling out, a fun side dish or even the main meal! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This time of year is the best time to break out these types of salads.  We are approaching warmer weather {finally}, we are grilling and barbecuing our dinners {finally} and all things are a bit more casual {picnics, eating on the deck, Spring activities}.

This pasta salad is best when served immediately.  I would recommend making it right before you eat and tossing it together right before eating.  The creaminess is on point then!  If you do need to refrigerate for awhile use some of the homemade ranch dressing you make {you'll have extra} and drizzle again before eating.

Pasta always soaks up whatever you put on it and no one wants a dry salad!

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad...a creamy, homemade dressing is tossed with grilled chicken, bacon, pasta, veggies and cheese!  Such a great salad for entertaining, grilling out, a fun side dish or even the main meal! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'd love to hear if you try this pasta salad! It is all of my favorite flavors wrapped up in one bowl. Share the love on social media by tagging me {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to share the love with my followers.

Now go grab a fork and dig in.

Yield: 16

Chicken Bacon & Ranch Pasta Salad

All your favorite flavors in pasta salad! This creamy, zesty ranch salad can be a side or the main meal. Grilled chicken and bacon really amp it up!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded flat
  • 2 T barbecue rub or seasoning
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 lb farfalle pasta
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 dry ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 T Mrs. Dash original seasoning
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

instructions

  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add in the canola oil.  Rub the chicken breast with the barbecue seasoning and place in the pan.  Cook 6-7 minutes a side or until the chicken is firm and the juices run clear.  Remove from the pan and set aside. When cool dice into bite sized pieces.
  2. While the chicken is cooking combine the buttermilk, mayo and ranch seasoning packet in a bowl and set in the fridge.
  3. In the same hot skillet dice the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  4. In a large pot heat water to a boil.  Add in the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package directions.  Drain and place back in the pot.
  5. To the cooked pasta add in the cream cheese, homemade ranch dressing, diced bacon and chicken, chopped tomatoes, peas, Parmesan cheese, Mrs. Dash's seasoning and salt. Toss to combine.
  6. Serve immediately. If needing to store in the fridge for a bit, keep the extra ranch in the fridge and drizzle/toss with a bit again before serving.
calories
227.19
fat (grams)
16.41
sat. fat (grams)
3.90
carbs (grams)
12.61
net carbs
11.58
protein (grams)
7.23
sugar (grams)
2.34
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