BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes


  • 1 cup elbow pasta , cooked and chilled, approximately 1/3 cup dried pasta…see prep ahead pasta
  • 3-5 strips center cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 thin slice from a red onion, then sliced into strips
Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon dry buttermilk powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chives
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper, each


Ranch Dressing
  • Whisk all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and set aside.
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons whole milk
    1 tablespoon dry buttermilk powder
    1/2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
    1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon dried chives
    1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • Cook elbow pasta according to package instruction 1 minute less for firm pasta. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
    1 cup elbow pasta
  • Add bacon to a skillet and set over medium high. Cook about 5 minutes on each side. Set aside to drain on paper towel. Pat to remove excess fat. When cooled, roughly chop. Set aside.
    3-5 strips center cut bacon
  • To ranch dressing bowl, add pasta, lettuce, tomato, parsley, and onion and gently combine. Leave covered in refrigerator until ready to eat. When ready, gently mix in bacon before eating. Enjoy!
    1 cup elbow pasta
    1 cup romaine lettuce
    1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
    1 thin slice from a red onion
    1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley


Lighten this up! 
Substitutions for ranch dressing: 3 tablespoons greek yogurt for mayo;  1 tablespoon 2% milk for whole milk.  Ditch the buttermilk powder. 
Substitutions for Salad:  Whole wheat elbows in place of regular pasta; turkey bacon in place of pork bacon.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 820kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1411mg | Potassium: 832mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5794IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 3mg
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