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Pasta salad with bacon, tomatoes, and Ranch dressing in a wooden bowl next to Romaine lettuce.
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BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

Quick, easy, and full of flavor, this BLT Pasta Salad is an excellent make-ahead recipe! Enjoy all your favorite sandwich flavors at potluck dinners, backyard barbecues, or a Summer picnic!

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
London Brazil

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

  • If stored properly, this BLT pasta salad will last for up to 2-4 days.  (Two days if using gluten-free pasta, 3-4 days if using regular pasta)
  • You can either cook your bacon in a skillet or learn how to cook bacon in the oven.
  • A few gluten-free pasta brands you might enjoy:
    • Jovial Fusilli Pasta
    • Ancient Harvest Rotini Pasta
    • Barilla Rotini Pasta
    • Whole Foods Chickpea Shells Pasta

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.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Choose cherry or grape tomatoes. They have a lot of flavor and aren't too watery.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours. Give the flavors time to meld together.
  • Mix in lettuce last. Wait until just before serving to mix in the lettuce so it stays crisp.
  • Add avocado. This gives a nice creamy texture. Make sure to add right before serving to avoid browning.
  • Save some dressing. Drizzling on the last bit of dressing just before serving ensures the pasta hasn't soaked it all up.

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.