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Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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Ever since I realized that pasta salad doesn’t need to be slathered with mayonnaise, I feel like pasta salads are becoming more popular. There’s no shame in enjoying a nostalgic mayonnaise-filled pasta salad, but wait until you try this amazing dish. chicken bacon ranch pasta salad.

After first sharing a wonderful BLT pasta salad a few summers ago, I wanted to give it a new twist with delicious grilled chicken and plenty of veggies.

This amazing pasta salad is mayonnaise-free and packed with grilled chicken, crispy bacon, your favorite pasta, all the best summer ingredients, and the easiest, creamiest homemade ranch dressing. Everyone is going crazy at your next barbecue, so make sure to add it to your summer vacation menu.

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Everything you need for the best chicken bacon pasta salad

This healthy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad is packed with flavor, color and texture and is utterly irresistible. Here’s what you need to create it:

  • chicken: Grilled chicken adds delicious flavor and protein to this pasta salad. See below for best cooking instructions.
  • bacon: Salty, flavorful bacon is the star of this pasta salad.
  • pasta: Use whatever pasta you like!I love Cavatappi Or bowtie noodles.
  • vegetable: Add colorful cherry tomatoes (heirloom ones are even better), corn, red onion, and avocado.
  • For Ranch: I like to keep it simple by just mixing commercially available products. ranch dressing Top up your protein with Greek yogurt. You can use my homemade Greek yogurt lunch too!

Raw Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Bowl

How to grill the perfect chicken

Good news: I have a great tutorial for grilling chicken breasts to perfection every time! Visit this post to learn all my tips and tricks to make this amazing pasta salad recipe with chicken.

Looking for more ways to cook your chicken? Try any of these 4 great ways to cook chicken and add them directly to your recipe.

Creamy chicken bacon pasta salad drizzled with ranch dressing

Add your favorite type of corn

You can easily add raw corn off the cob to salads. If not, sautéing or grilling is fine. Here’s a great way to bake corn.

Customize your Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad

Why not mix up some ingredients? Here’s what I can recommend.

  • Go gluten-free. just use your favorite gluten free pasta shape.
  • Be vegetarian. You can replace the chicken and bacon with canned chickpeas!
  • Add green boost. Chopped romaine adds a delicious touch to the BLT, and arugula adds a nice refreshing kick.
  • Please add cheese. Freshly grated parmesan, cheddar, and feta crumble would also be delicious on this chicken bacon pasta salad.

Spoon bowl of chicken and bacon pasta salad

New dressing, same delicious pasta salad

If you don’t have a commercial ranch on hand, try this delicious dairy-free dressing recipe for a creamy chicken bacon pasta salad.

Check out all our healthy salad dressings here!

Chicken bacon pasta salad in two bowls

Let’s make it early

This chicken bacon pasta salad stays fresh when stored. airtight container It keeps in the fridge for about 3-4 days, so you can prepare it the night before a picnic or barbecue, or for lunch on weekdays. For added freshness, we recommend adding avocado when ready to eat.

A bowl of grilled chicken bacon pasta salad with a fork

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grilled chicken bacon ranch pasta salad

A platter of healthy chicken bacon pasta salad

preparation time 15 minute

cooking time Ten minute

total time twenty five minute

to service6 one serving

A delicious chicken bacon ranch pasta salad packed with juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, tangy red onions and creamy avocado. This wonderfully easy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad is perfect for customization and is sure to be a hit all summer long. Perfect as a side or main dish for BBQs, parties, potlucks and more.


  • For pasta salad:
  • 2 Grilled chicken breast, diced/diced (or 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded chicken)
  • 8 ounce bacon
  • 8 ounce Cavatappi or bowtie pasta (or your favorite pasta!)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (I love using heirloom cherry tomatoes for the color change!)
  • 1 1/2 cup Corn, grilled, raw, or sautéed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced ​​red onion (or finely chopped green onion)
  • 1 slightly ripe avocado, diced
  • For Greek Yogurt Ranch:
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup commercial ranch dressing


  • You can grill or cook the chicken ahead of time, or you can grill it first. A great recipe using leftover chicken! Check out this article on how to make the best chicken breast. You can dice into 1/2 inch cubes or shred freely. I prefer diced for this recipe, but that’s up to you and what you have.
  • Then cook the bacon. Add the bacon to a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon on both sides until crisp and golden brown. If the pan begins to smoke, reduce the heat. I always cook my bacon over medium-low heat. Once the bacon is cooked, blot excess fat with a paper towel and cut into bite-size pieces and set aside.

  • While the bacon is cooking, boil the pasta until al dente, drain, and place in a large bowl.

  • Mix Greek yogurt and ranch dressing until smooth and creamy, and mix in Greek yogurt ranch. Pour over pasta and stir until well combined. Then add the chicken, chopped bacon, corn, halved cherry tomatoes, red onion slices, and avocado. Mix lightly again, taste, and adjust seasonings by adding more salt and pepper or ranch dressing if desired. 6 servings, or 4 servings for larger meals. Garnish with additional corn, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and bacon.


Provided by: 1servingcalorie: 484kcalcarbohydrates: 42.1gprotein: 26.6gobesity: twenty fourgsaturated fat: 4.8gfiber: 5.1gsugar: 6.1g

Recipe: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photographer: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on June 23, 2021, republished on May 23, 2022, and republished on June 15, 2023.

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