BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I am all about making pasta salad.  It is great to have in the fridge for lunch or to make a side dish when grilling out or even take to parties or pot lucks.  Plus there are a ton of different ways you can mix up the flavors.  If you like Mexican food, this Taco Pasta Salad is a must try for sure!

Cool and creamy pasta salad with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes!

 

In the summer when you can find fresh tomatoes at the farmer’s market or even your garden, a BLT is a must.  It is probably my favorite sandwich in the summer.  The Garlic Bread BLT is usually on repeat all summer long. Putting all of those flavors into a pasta salad is just a fun and delicious idea!

Plus bacon!  Crisp perfectly cooked bacon just makes everything better, especially this pasta salad.  Smokey, salty bacon with fresh juicy tomatoes is just a great combination.  

Creamy blt pasta salad is perfect for summer

How to Make BLT Pasta Salad

  1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions, drain and rinse with cold water until they are chilled.  
  2. Make the dressing by mixing together mayo, yogurt, chives and garlic until well blended.
  3. Mix together cooked pasta, crispy bacon, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.  
  4. Toss with dressing until well coated.
  5. Best served immediately. 

How Long Does Pasta Salad Last In the Fridge

Normally pasta salad lasts for a few days in the fridge, but because of the fresh lettuce in this one it is best on the day it is made.  

Creamy pasta salad with all the taste of a blt sandwich

BLT Pasta Salad Tips

  • You can use any shortcut pasta you have to make this salad.  Bowtie, Penne, and Rotini all work very well
  • If you don’t have romaine lettuce you can use iceberg or even baby spinach.  
  • I like starting with raw bacon and cooking until crisp, but you can use pre-cooked bacon or even bacon those bacon pieces in the salad aisle if that is all you have.  Not the bacon bits, but the actual pieces of real bacon that are often in a jar. 
  • The dressing is a mix of mayo, Greek yogurt, garlic and chives. I prefer this to the ranch and mayo dressing that you often see on this salad.  But you can substitute ranch dressing for the yogurt. 

BLT Pasta Salad Variations

There are lots of different things that you can add to this salad to make it even better!  

  • Cheddar Cheese – Add shredded or even cubes of cheddar cheese
  • Avocado – fresh diced avocado is a great addition
  • Onions – finely diced red onions
  • Protein – if you want to turn it into a meal adding chicken makes this a full dinner
close up blt pasta salad in a white bowl

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BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  
4.47 from 26 votes

BLT Pasta Salad

By Erin
BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound short cut pasta, cooked according to the package directions and cooled
  • 1 16 oz package bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cup romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes, chopped

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • In small bowl combine mayo, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, chives, salt and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • In large bowl mix together cooked pasta, crumbled bacon, romaine lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Pour mayo mixture over top; mix until creamy and well combined.
  • Best served cold. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 459mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 271
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10 Comments

  1. Looking at your dish, I think a like it better as a salad than a sandwich. It’s because you make it even more appetizing. This would be perfect for some together with my relatives.