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Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch, Bacon and More!

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An easy throwback recipe, decidedly vintage, this Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Bacon and Ranch is the perfect addition to absolutely any meal! 

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

It’s time once again for Secret Recipe Club and I cannot believe a whole month has already flown by.

How in the world did we get to August already?

I feel like the summer has simply flown by.

This year we are homeschooling, so the “back to school” date doesn’t affect us.

However I was surprised to learn our district goes back WEDNESDAY.

Yes, August 6. I mean what? Geez. They just got out.

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

Anyway, like I said, it’s hard to believe it’s almost over and that Fall is staring us down, though I must admit I am ready for some cooler weather.

I know *gasp* all you summer lovers won’t understand, but my favorite season is Fall and I simply cannot wait.

However, one of my most favorite things to enjoy in the summer are cold pasta salads.

I have been known to cheat a time or two and purchase a mix just to make it easier and my mix of choice would generally be Suddenly Salad.

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

I was assigned Wildflours Cottage Kitchen this month for the Secret Recipe Club and she has oodles of amazing recipes, including this awesome retro cold pasta salad that is so incredibly reminiscent of Suddenly Salad and pretty darn close to one we’ve made before from my Nana.

Essentially this is the copycat of all copycat recipes. Just sayin’.

Okay so maybe not, but my goodness is it good and we’ve now made this version a couple of times and it’s excellent.

We actually wound up picking Kelly’s Retro Homemade “Shell Salad” with Ranch, Bacon, Carrots & Baby Peas because we were needing a salad for an upcoming BBQ.

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

This one just seemed to fit the bill and wasn’t difficult to triple to feed everybody.

Plus, doesn’t a cold pasta salad like this one, just scream summer?

Thanks Kelly!

We love your version and it’s FAR better than it’s original counterpart!

Get ready for some truly delicious throw back yumminess! 

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch and Bacon

Retro Cold Pasta Salad

Yield: 4 -6
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1 oz. packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup Hormel Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 2 cups uncooked medium-sized shell pasta


  1. In a medium, mix the first 5 ingredients together.
  2. Fold in frozen peas. Set aside to allow flavors to combine.
  3. In a medium pot, cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Drain and rinse with cold water.Shake collander to remove excess water.
  5. Stir the pasta once or twice and then gently fold the dressing mixture into the pasta.
  6. Chill for 2 hours. Can be served slightly warm as well.

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Thursday 4th of July 2019

This is the best recipe EVER!!! However I’ve toned down both the onion powder and the ranch dressing mix as it was on the salty side. I added a bit of plain yogurt to lessen the saltiness and it’s perfect! I’m sure the entire bowl will be devoured for my 4th of July pool party. Just remember to add your dry spices in parts and taste as you go to make sure it’s not too salty or overly ranch. You’ll love this recipe!!!

sarah k @ the pajama chef

Saturday 9th of August 2014

mmm, looks so good! pasta salad is my fave!

Lauren Everson

Friday 8th of August 2014

Stopping by from Group D to say that his pasta salad looks amazing. I love cold pasta salads - it doesn't have to be summer to enjoy one either. :)

Lauren Everson

Friday 8th of August 2014


April @ Angels Homestead

Tuesday 5th of August 2014

I'm an honorary group A member this week, and loving all of the delicious recipes I'm finding. My kids love pasta salad, and this recipe is very similar to the one I make, so I know it's good. The only thing different is I don't add carrots, and use bottled ranch dressing instead of the dry mix. Yours looks great and reminded me I need to make some again soon, it's been awhile.


Monday 4th of August 2014

Gotta love anything with bacon added. Looks wonderful!

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