Easy Ranch Pasta Salad

This easy Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect to toss together for a potluck, picnic or even lunch! With just a few simple ingredients you can toss this yummy salad together in no time!


Mother Thyme is filled with some yummy pasta salad recipes and every year I love to add to the collection! I also know that you guys love them! And who doesn’t love pasta salad? Plus leftover pasta salad is the best! Let’s admit, if you have leftover pasta salad in the refrigerator you find yourself nibbling at it all the time! I’m guilty!

Pasta salad is one thing I often have the refrigerator even if it’s not leftover. I love to whip one up because it’s great for the hubs or kiddos if they’re hungry. They can just easily grab a bowl and it’s totally satisfying and this mama here doesn’t need to worry about cooking or making something.

My family loves this easy Ranch Pasta Salad! It’s filled with yumminess in every bite. Not only is this Ranch Pasta Salad delish but it’s super easy to make! And like any pasta salad it’s totally customizable, but this is the way I tend to make it!


This easy Ranch Pasta Salad is also a guaranteed winner to take to a potluck or picnic. Who doesn’t love ranch and pasta, right? It’s a great combo that will certainly be a hit at any picnic!

I recommend using a good ranch dressing, or at least one you know and really like. I like to use Hidden Valley Ranch in this salad, but pick your fave!


If you’re heading out to a picnic soon and you need to whip up a pasta sald to bring, try this! And if you do be sure to take a pic and share on social media! Make sure you tag me @motherthyme! I’d love to see it! And be sure to check out my Instagram story highlights (find me on Instagram @motherthyme) where I show I make this!


Easy Ranch Pasta Salad

  • Yield: 0 peopel


  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta (or similar like rotini, bowties or penne)
  • 1/2 lb broccoli florets
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cucumber (peeled and chopped)
  • 2.5 oz crumbled bacon (or about 45 cooked bacon strips, crumbled)
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C diced red onion (optional)
  • 1 1/22 C ranch dressing (like Hidden Valley ranch)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and allow to cool completely. 
  2. Add pasta to a large serving bowl and add in broccoli, tomatoes, chopped cucumber, bacon, Parmesan and red onion. 
  3. Add in 1 1/2 cups ranch dressing and toss. If desired add more ranch dressing or if not serving right away toss in a little more ranch dressing right before serving.
  4. Season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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