BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad: Bacon, sweet summer tomatoes, and crisp lettuce are tossed with tender pasta that has been coated with a rich dressing for a perfect spin on a classic BLT sandwich. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BLT Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole grain campenelle pasta* corkscrew and rotini noodles work just as well too
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 pints of cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 pound nitrate free bacon
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonanaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and cool the pasta completely. I do this by spreading on cookie sheet and tossing into fridge--quick and easy!)
  • While pasta is cooking, dice the bacon and cook over medium high heat until bacon is crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon of grease.
  • Mix together bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss the dressing, cooked and cooled pasta, chives, tomatoes, lettuce and bacon bits together until evenly distributed.

Notes

  • To make this BLT salad versatile for an outdoor gathering, nestle your serving bowl on top of a larger serving bowl that has been filled with ice or ice packs.
  • If the thought of bacon grease scares you, just omit it!
  • I used nitrate-free organic pork bacon, but any bacon (even turkey bacon) will work.
  • To make this a Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad, use gluten free pasta.
  • If you happen to have garden fresh roma tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes, you can use in place of cherry tomatoes--just seed them first to prevent the pasta salad from becoming watered down.
  • I do use granulated sugar in the dresssing. Honey will work, but I really like the sweetness without any added taste that comes from honey or maple syrup.
  • I used romaine lettuce because that is my preferred green in a BLT sandwich, but iceberg or green leaf lettuce works well too.
Nutrition Facts
BLT Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 696mg30%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 9.9mg12%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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