Creamy Cilantro Ranch Pasta Salad

Okay friends, after all of these years of posting recipes, today, I’m trying something new!  Today, I’m changing how I’m inserting the recipe into the blog post to (hopefully) make it much easier for you to print!  I’ve had so many of you over the years ask me to figure out a way to make recipes easier for printing, and this right here should do it.   Fingers crossed!!

On to the recipe!  We love making pasta salads for sides over here…especially during the summer!  I also like having them on hand for easy (and delish!) lunches.  This recipe has crumbly bacon (which you could omit to keep things vegetarian), sliced cherry tomatoes, Ranch dressing and cilantro.  So many great flavors in every single bite!  Enjoy!


Creamy Cilantro Ranch Pasta Salad

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 8 for a side dish 1x


A creamy pasta salad recipe packed with flavor in every bite!  You can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like.  It’s a pasta salad, so go crazy with what you love!



  • 1 pound of pasta (I used bow tie) cooked to al dente, drained and cooled
  • 1 cup of fresh corn kernels
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • about 8 pieces of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • about 1 cup or so of your favorite Ranch dressing
  • a big handful of fresh cilantro, reserving a little bit for garnish
  • a pinch of both salt and pepper
  • cubed feta cheese to garnish


  1. In a big bowl, add in your first six ingredients.  (Make sure your pasta has been cooled with running water and then drained completely.)  Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add in your ranch dressing and cilantro and blend just a second until they’re creamy together.
  3. Pour this creamy cilantro mixture all over your pasta salad ingredients in the bowl and toss together.  Next, stir in just a pinch of both salt and pepper and your reserved cilantro.  Finally, stir in your cubed feta cheese.
  4. Pop this pasta salad in the fridge to chill at least one hour up to 24.

Remove, serve and enjoy!


To cut down on your prep time, use precooked bacon, leftover bacon or bacon bits.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 7, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Always love your creative recipes! This looks delicious! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Sheaffer Sims August 7, 2019 at 6:31 am

    The pasta salad looks AMAZING, and I love your new way of posting! You fancy!

  • Lily August 7, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I love the new printing set up for recipes!

  • Jenn August 7, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I LOVE THIS FORMAT!!! Thank you!

  • Leslie August 7, 2019 at 7:50 am

    This would be an excellent meal prep recipe for lunches. I’m also thinking with would be a great “clear the veggie drawer” recipe!

    • Nicole August 8, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Love this!! I added diced bell peppers and spinach! Everyone loved it!!

  • jette August 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Great new format…and the recipe looks yummy too!
    *adds to menu *
    Thanks, Shay!

  • Diana August 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Sounds so yummy 😋

  • Abbey August 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

    WOW! The new format (esp the scaling feature) is a game changer!!!

  • WhittyWife August 7, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Ohhhh, I LOVE this new format! I pin (and make) a lot of your recipes, so you just made the process a lot more convenient! ❤❤

  • Lindsay August 7, 2019 at 9:36 am

    What’s your favorite ranch dressing for this and for just dipping veggies into? Thanks!!

  • Katie M Stuen August 7, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I have 2 of your cookbooks, an Erin Condren notebook of other recipes from you that I hand write everything down. This new format is a total game changer. You are seriously the best.

  • Heather O. August 7, 2019 at 11:26 am

    The scaling feature is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I know it’s easy math, but I’ve made the mistake of scaling as I go and then I triple one ingredient but forget to do it on another. Great new format!

  • Andrea August 7, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Format is A+!!

  • Jaime Surrett August 7, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Love the new format!

  • Narci August 8, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Eek!!! I love this new format! It looks so good!