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Easy BLT Pasta Salad – Ready in 15 minutes and a guaranteed hit with the pasta and vegetables coated in creamy dressing. All you need is some simple ingredients: Farfalle pasta, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, yogurt and pepper. So yummy! Perfect for a summer time party or a picnic. Quick and easy recipe. Lunch or side dish. Video recipe. Tipbuzz.com

BLT Pasta Salad is serious comfort food that I always love! It’s also a crowd pleaser for any lunch, backyard barbecue, picnic, or get-together.

Even though we think of it in summer, pasta salads are actually a delicious staple year round.

Can you believe BLT is the second-most-popular sandwich in America after ham? The humble bacon-lettuce-tomato combination has its origins in 19th century tea sandwiches.

Before that the pasta salad was invented in Italy, where it’s called pasta fredda. More recently America figured out how to combine BLT with pasta salad – and aren’t we glad that happened!

It’s made with cooked pasta, tossed in a dressing and served chilled. And truth be told it’s our fave pasta salad recipe of all time! Watch this video tutorial to see how to make it:

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I serve it for for family reunions on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and even Labor Day, and guests always love the crisp and creamy flavors. So think about doubling the recipe if you’re expecting a crowd 😉

Some people even eat it as a main course, since it’s a complete meal with protein, starch and vegetables.

You can use any pasta you although our faves are farfalle bowtie pasta, fusilli spirals and macaroni. It works well with whole wheat pasta if you want a healthier variation.

Here is a photo of the ingredients for BLT Pasta Salad arranged in a mixing bowl

And this is the perfect was to use up leftover pasta if you made too much the night before, as we seem to do too often.

How to make BLT Pasta Salad

This salad can be made in 15 minutes. While the bacon is cooking and the pasta is boiling, you can get the rest of the salad ready.

In one bowl, you combine chopped romaine lettuce, onions and tomatoes. In another bowl, make the dressing with ranch, yogurt and mayo with a splash of cider vinegar for tartness.

Once your pasta and bacon are cooked, add them to the vegetables along with the dressing. Toss until it’s all coated evenly. You’re done!

You can make this salad up to one day ahead. Just keep it chilled until serving, which means using a freezer pack if you’re taking it to a picnic or party. Enjoy!

15 Minute Easy BLT Pasta Salad (With Video)

A delicious pasta salad with bacon, lettuce and tomato flavors ready in 15 minutes
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BLT Pasta Salad is a fabulous as a side dish or main course at a party or picnic, made with cooked pasta, bacon, vegetables and a creamy dressing. And it's ready in just 15 minutes!
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YIELD: 8 servings
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutes
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Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 cups pasta farfalle, fusilli or macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt Greek if available
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp vinegar red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
YIELD: 8 servings
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutes
Yum
Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 cups pasta farfalle, fusilli or macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt Greek if available
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp vinegar red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. In a medium-large bowl, place the tomatoes, lettuce, bacon and red onion.
  3. In a small bowl, mix ranch, yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper.
  4. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to cool down.
  5. Then toss pasta with the BLT mixture and the dressing until coated. Serve and enjoy!
Notes

If you want to make a vegetarian version, you can substitute in vegan bacon bits like these.

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Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Easy BLT Pasta Salad (With Video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Potassium 117mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 3%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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