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.
or corkscrew/rotini noodles work
head of romaine lettuce
of cherry or grape tomatoes
sliced in half
apple cider vinegar
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and cool the pasta completely. Speed up this process by spreading the pasta onto a cookie sheet and tossing into the fridge.
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.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before serving.
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.
BLT Pasta Salad https://amindfullmom.com/blt-pasta-salad/ May 21, 2020