21 Reviews

The only change I made was to omit the olives. Delicious salad with a wonderful flavor! Made for A/NZ recipe swap.

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Dreamgoddess July 12, 2009

I made this to bring to a pot luck. I used low fat ingredients and low sodium bacon. I increased the amount of bacon, tomatoes and cheese from the original recipe, otherwise too much pasta. I added salt and pepper and the salad does not need salt with all the bacon. I thought it tasted salty but others did not. It was only refrigerated for about an hour and I think all pasta salads should chill longer than that to get all the flavors melded. All in all, very good and pretty fast and easy. I think it would serve at least 12 as a side dish, even more on a buffet/pot luck.

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karenfar December 07, 2013

Only changes I made were to omit the olives. Everyone who tried this loved it, and my husband can't wait to have the rest in his lunch tomorrow!

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Sarabbismama June 09, 2013

Lick-the-bowl-clean good!

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Pinay0618 March 21, 2013

This was a hit! And soooo easy.

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Charmie777 December 26, 2012

One of my buddies said he could eat this salad from a trough!!

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david.stjohn_12193652 May 31, 2012

My family really enjoyed this. I served it with fried chicken. There was only a bit left and I finished it for breakfast this morning. We do quite a bit of entertaining during the summer and I plan to serve this at our annual Memorial Day BBQ. Thanks so much for sharing. The only change I made was I left out the olives (I personally don't care for them) and I garnished with some chopped green onions.

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Cooking Mom of 7 May 20, 2012

This was so yummy and so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly. I have all the ingredients on hand as a rule so this will become a regular feature at our house. I did not add salt because of the bacon. I might add more grape tomatoes and olives. I should have added a little more milk than the half a cup that the recipe calls for as I put the pasta in the sauce warm so that the pasta would pick up the flavor better. It was a little dry but this is just my taste and learning the recipe. Thank you for posting the recipe.

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livingstonfran September 09, 2011

This was really good, and a nice change from normal Italian dressing-based pasta salads. I went to a small BBQ with friends and there were 8 of us, and there were no leftovers. The amounts of add-ins to pasta are perfect. I did have to use part mayo and part miracle whip, because I didn't realize I didn't have enough mayo. Like another reviewer, I didn't add the salt, because the bacon had enough, and I did throw in a few more grape tomatoes. One of our pickier friends complimented me on this recipe, even though it had the tomatoes in it, and he's not a veggie guy of ANY type! Thanks for posting this!

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Greeny4444 September 06, 2011

Great pasta salad! Didn't have ranch dressing mix so I used a packet of Italian and omitted the garlic. I left out the olives because my crew doesn't like them. Definitely a keeper!

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Laurenmlh July 19, 2011
Ranch Pasta Salad With Bacon