BLT Pasta Salad Recipe – delicious Summer pasta salad idea! Bacon, lettuce and tomatoes with farfalle pasta and creamy dressing (mayo-free option too!) is like your favorite BLT sandwich toppings in a bowl.
It’s officially Summer pasta salad time! Let’s start with a classic that’s so delicious, it has to appear on your table this season. It’s all of your favorite BLT sandwich toppings, tossed with cooked farfalle pasta and creamy Ranch dressing. Crazy delicious!
Crispy bacon (baked in the oven), chopped or torn Romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes (I used on-the-vine type but Roma would be good too) are tossed with cooked and cooled pasta and creamy Ranch dressing. Great option for a lunch to work or a trip meal! Keep dressing separately until you are ready to eat.
Watch my VIDEO below to see how to make it:
OPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
Whenever I make a salad for my family, I always add red onion. It’s our favorite and adds great flavor and texture to the dish. Feel free to skip it if you are not a fan of onions. Also, any type of bite-size pasta will work here. I like the look of farfalle but rotini will be awesome as well. If you are missing bread, add croutons!
For the dressing, I mixed ranch salad dressing, mayo and sour cream. If you want to avoid mayonnaise, replace it with sour cream or Ranch. Just make sure you have about 3/4 cup of the creamy mixture to toss the salad with. It’s the perfect amount in my opinion.
Another fantastic pasta salad idea from a sandwich is this Reuben Pasta Salad from Spend with Pennies. Awesome idea for Reuben fans! Another favorite salad of ours is my Dill Pickle Potato Salad. It’s perfect for picnics too!
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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.