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BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

With all the flavor of the sandwich, this BLT Pasta Salad Recipe is the best quick and easy side dish. Simply combine Rotini pasta, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and creamy ranch dressing and gently toss.

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. fusilli pasta gluten-free, cooked according to package
  • 10 oz. bacon cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 cups Romaine lettuce coarsely chopped
  • ½

    red onion thinly sliced

Pasta Salad Dressing:

  • ¾ cup Ranch dressing
  • ¼

    cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Djion mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½

    tsp. pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool to room temperature.

  2. Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces. Cook in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. (Or, you can cook bacon in the oven and crumble once cooked.)

  3. Mix Ranch dressing, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Pour ¾ of the dressing over pasta in a large bowl and toss to combine. Reserve the remaining ¼ of the dressing.

  4. Add in bacon, tomatoes, and red onion. Toss to combine.

  5. Cover and chill pasta salad in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or up to overnight. Just before serving add remaining dressing and Romaine lettuce. Toss to combine.

  6. Serve pasta salad cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Simply prepare the entire recipe as is and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. Just before serving, add additional dressing and lettuce.
  • To Store: Keep this pasta salad in a large airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for two days if you're using gluten-free pasta, or three to four days if using regular pasta.

Do not let this dish sit out for more than 2 hours at room temperature or for more than 1 hour at temperatures above 80 degrees.

Nutrition Facts
BLT Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 642mg28%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1475IU30%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.