Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

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One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to have cookouts.  Our friends have a firepit and frequently invite us over for cookouts throughout the summer.  We usually are told to bring a side dish.  Either when I am bringing a side dish to a cookout or when I am having a cookout at my house the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time preparing the food.  I want something easy so that I can spend more time with my friends and family.
I like using any product that will help me to make my recipes easily without sacrificing taste.  Hormel Foods have great products that are perfect for helping to save time during meal preparation.  They have so many different products that are especially great for saving time while making recipes for outdoor entertaining.  There are so many recipe possibilities that you can make using Hormel Foods.   We use Hormel products all the time, especially their Chunk Chicken and Bacon Toppings. The Chunk Chicken is premium chicken breast and a great and easy way to add chicken to your meal. I love that they make Bacon Toppings that use real bacon pieces.  It saves a lot of time when I want to use bacon in a recipe or in a salad.
Our friends invited us for the first cookout of the season about a week ago and told me to make a side dish.  I decided that I would make a pasta salad.  Pasta salads always remind me of summer and are a great addition to any cookout.  I decided to combine my favorite flavor combination into a pasta salad, bacon, chicken, and ranch. I used the Hormel Bacon Toppings and Chunk Chicken so that the pasta salad would be a lot easier to make and the only thing I would have to cook would be the pasta.
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect food for outdoor entertaining.  I really like the combination of chicken and bacon with the pasta salad and it all tastes great with the ranch flavoring.  This pasta salad is easily made using the Hormel Chunk Chicken and Bacon Toppings and can be easily put together so you don’t have to waste any time preparing for your cookout.  This is a great side dish for a cookout.  We can’t wait to make this delicious pasta salad for out next cookout!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


  • 1 box (1 lb.) small shells
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing seasoning powder
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Hormel Premium Chicken Breast, drained (I chopped the chicken into smaller pieces, but you can also leave as is)
  • 1/2 cup Real Bacon Bits
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Once the pasta is done rinse it off in cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, add the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, sugar, black pepper, and ranch seasoning to a large bowl and stir together.  Once the pasta is done add it in and stir to combine.   Then add the bacon, chicken, Parmesan cheese, and chives and gently stir until combined.
  3. Refrigerate the pasta salad until ready to serve.


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  1. My family is going to love this. I’m always on the hunt for new salad ideas for picnics, this one looks perfect. Plus bacon. Win.

  2. This looks like a perfect salad for my BBQ on Sunday! Thanks for sharing

  3. This looks perfect for Memorial Day and other summer celebrations!