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Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad. Homemade, creamy buttermilk ranch dressing tossed together with pasta, shredded chicken, plenty of sweet cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and cubes of sharp cheddar cheese. Salsa verde gives this creamy pasta salad a spicy, delicious kick. Then, finish with crispy bacon and sliced avocado. YUM! This easy salad will surely become a staple in your kitchen this spring and summer! It comes together quickly and with very little effort. Enjoy this for dinner and save the leftovers for lunch. Or serve it up at your next spring/summer party, it’s always delicious.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

It’s not often that I hold on to recipes this long before sharing them. But with over a month of travel coming up, I’m working to create some recipes in advance. I made this a couple of weeks ago and have been patiently waiting to share.

It’s become a family favorite. This is such a yummy pasta salad—it’s unique in the best way possible.

I created this with the idea of spring entertaining in mind, but honestly, I’ve made this for dinner on multiple occasions now. I served it slightly warm, and everyone just loved it.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

Of course, this will be great as a salad for outdoor picnics, sides, or for your holiday dinner parties. And the leftovers are so great for lunch!

I’m sharing my easy homemade ranch dressing too. It’s my go-to and super delicious when tossed up with pasta.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

These are the details

Step 1: mix the dressing

For my ranch dressing, I love to use either plain Greek yogurt or sour cream mixed with mayo. I add dried parsley, chives, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Then, I add Worcestershire and buttermilk.

It’s the perfect ranch dressing—light and creamy, heavy on the herb mix, and just perfectly salted. I know you will love it.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

Step 2: cook the pasta and toss the salad

Next, boil off your favorite shortcut pasta. Add the steaming pasta to a big bowl. Then, while it’s still hot, toss the pasta with the salsa verde, and shredded chicken.

Now pour over the dressing and toss it all up, make sure the creamy ranch coats each noodle and piece of chicken. I know the salsa verde sounds random, but the flavor it adds is wonderful. Trust me, it’s delish.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

Step 3: the rest of the salad

Finish tossing the salad with cubes of sharp cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.

Top the salad off with crispy bacon and slices of creamy avocado.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

This hits all the flavors, and it’s the first dish to disappear on any buffet table!

I know I say this just about every day, but this recipe really is good. It’s one of those dishes you’ll crave time and time again. The creamy dressing with the pasta, spicy salsa, cheese, avocado, and bacon is the yummiest.

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other salad recipes? Here are a few ideas:

Caprese Caesar Pasta Salad

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Greek Olive Pasta Salad

Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad

Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken and Avocado Bacon Salad

Melon Basil Burrata Salad

Lastly, if you make this Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Creamy Avocado Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 540 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Ingredients

Dressing

Instructions

  • 1. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Thin as desired with buttermilk.
    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
    3. In a large bowl, toss together the hot pasta, salsa verde, and chicken. Pour over the dressing and toss well to combine. Add the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and bacon. Toss, then top with avocado.
    4. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
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    1. Hey Diana,
      Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out nicely for you and I appreciate you making it! xT

  1. 5 stars
    Taking this to work tomorrow! Just making it & all the great smells, I can’t wait! Tasting as I go, YUM!!!

    1. Hey Cindy,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Xx