BLT Pasta Salad (Bacon Lettuce Tomato Pasta Salad)

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We are in love with this BLT Pasta Salad! Creamy and delicious, a bowl of this salad makes the perfect lunch when you need something light and refreshing.  Penne pasta, grape tomatoes, crunchy bacon, and leaf lettuce all dressed in a light mayo dressing….yummy! Your family will keep coming back for more. #penne #pasta #bacon #BLT #salad

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Did you know you can have a BLT in SALAD form??? Yep, you sure can and here it is! We’re huge BLT fans, especially when there’s home-grown tomatoes from the garden! We really enjoy having a bowl of this salad in the fridge and it’s honestly become a family-favorite over the years – the boys are always asking me “Mom, when are you ever going to make BLT Pasta Salad??”

How to Make BLT Pasta Salad

Penne pasta.  You can make this pasta salad with any type of pasta, truly….even macaroni.  For some reason, I just prefer penne pasta but work with whatever you have on hand.  We like our penne pasta cooked al-dente so that it has just a bit of bite to it. This seems to help it not absorb as much dressing, either, for some reason.

Leaf Lettuce.  I typically use red leaf lettuce to add a bit more color to this salad.  Romain lettuce would also work well.

Grape Tomatoes.  I like the size of grape tomatoes, but you could certainly use cherry tomatoes, as well.  Or, if you’ve got full-size tomatoes on hand, dice them up and toss them in – they will work just fine.

Scallions.  I use both the green and white parts of the green onions (scallions) for this salad.  Use your kitchen shears to chop them – it works so slick!  Always start at the green ends of the scallions when you begin chopping since the root at the white end is what holds the green onion together.

Bacon. Do I need to say more?? (Add as much as you want!)

Mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  These ingredients make your dressing – shake them up in a jar or whisk them in a bowl, whichever is more handy for you.

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BLT Pasta Salad

We are in love with this BLT Pasta Salad! Creamy and delicious, a bowl of this salad makes the perfect lunch when you need something light and refreshing.  Penne pasta, grape tomatoes, crunchy bacon, and leaf lettuce all dressed in a light mayo dressing….yummy! Your family will keep coming back for more. #penne #pasta #bacon #BLT #salad
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Chef Alli

Ingredients

  • 3 cups penne pasta or mini penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups chopped leaf lettuce
  • 2 cups sliced grape tomatoes (I prefer them sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 3-4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the cooked pasta into a serving bowl; toss pasta with lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, and bacon; dress with 2/3 of prepared dressing; chill for several hours. Just before serving, dress with remaining amount of reserved dressing, as desired.

Notes

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Course: Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BLT, Pasta, salad, summer

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!

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