Around our house, we love bacon. If anyone ever posts anything about bacon on Facebook, they always tag my oldest son. He is the King of all bacon lovers. One version of the packaged salads that we all enjoy is the bacon ranch flavor. Okay, bacon may not fit in with the "healthier" stamp, but since I am using the real thing and not artificial flavoring, it sure is tastier! I will be sure to tag my son once this blog is completed because today I am going to give you the recipe for my HOMEMADE version of Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad. (By the way, I loved the big red bowl that I used to make this salad in. It comes in a colorful set with lids! My daughter received them as a wedding gift. I liked them so much, I bought my own. There is an affiliate link to order them on the sidebar.)
A 1 lb. bag of small pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 lb. bacon, cooked crispy and cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 can of corn kernels, drained
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
about 2 cups mozzarella cubes
1 diced tomato
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 cup mayonnaise
In a large bowl, blend the vegetables, bacon and pasta together.
Mix the dressing mix with the mayonnaise. Mix this into the pasta mixture. Chill before serving, if you can wait!