What’s the secret for a pasta salad everyone will want to try? Homemade ranch dressing. Here’s your brand new go-to side for a backyard barbecue, potluck, or picnic. People in the test kitchen liked this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad so much they were taking it home, and we’re thinking it had something to do with our perfectly herby and garlicky ranch that coated the veggies and pasta perfectly. Speaking of dressing, save some on the side for serving, especially if the pasta salad will rest in the fridge for a while—sauces have a tendency to thicken up when cool. Serve with burgers, grilled chicken, ribs, or whatever else you’d grill in your backyard.