BLT Pasta Salad + Homemade Ranch Dressing

I saw this recipe on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and knew I had to try it. Not only was the photo mouth-wateringly amazing, but I loved that it was a combination of veggies, pasta, and meat. In other words, I had a pretty good feeling it would please everyone in my family. 😄

It’s a BLT-inspired salad with bow tie pasta noodles, bacon, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch dressing. What’s not to love?😍

I didn’t have ranch dressing on hand, so I quickly searched Pinterest for “homemade ranch dressing recipes” and found one that I had all the ingredients for. Here it is!

The only change I made to the recipe was that instead of buttermilk, which I didn’t have, I used the lemon juice + milk trick. I simply added 1 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the 1/2 cup of milk the recipe calls for and let that sit for 5 minutes before adding it to the other ingredients.

The dressing literally took me less than 10 minutes to make and I did it a couple hours before dinner to allow time for the flavors would really blend together!

The dressing turned out SO well. Yum. Not sure I ever want to eat store-bought ranch after this!😋

The salad itself was super simple to make too. While I was frying the {nitrate-free} bacon, I boiled the pasta and chopped the tomatoes. 🍅

Once it’s all done, throw it in a bowl and drizzle (or if you’re like me, douse…) it with dressing. 😂 Voila! Dinner is ready to go.

One little thing I added to the original recipe was that I put avocado on my salad, and I loved that extra flavor! If I wasn’t pregnant, I might have added bleu cheese, too. The options are endless!😄

This was a big hit with both the hubs and the toddler. Win-win! Definitely will be making this again. 🙌🏼