This BLT Pasta Salad takes all of the flavors from your favorite sandwich and combines them with pasta in a zesty, flavorful make-ahead meal. It’s perfect for a summer lunch or dinner, and can be served as either a side dish or as an entree.
This post was originally published in June, 2013. The photos were updated in July, 2018.
When the weather is nice and warm (as it has been recently), Keith often likes to spend some time on Saturday or Sunday smoking barbecued meat for dinner.
It’s definitely a hobby of his. A hobby that involves large pork shoulders, huge quantities of chicken, and meaty beef roasts. And believe me – the boys love to participate.
After helping their dad start the fire, they usually find some sticks to use as skewers for roasting marshmallows…even if the marshmallow consumption happens at 8:30 a.m.
On the days that Keith has his smoker going, I know that I’m largely off the hook for dinner.
Since he’s in charge of the meat, I only need to worry about a few sides. I often serve cornbread or potato salad, but last weekend I decided to try this new dish: BLT Pasta Salad!
That’s right. Bacon. Lettuce. And Tomato. In pasta salad. What’s not to like? It was a big hit with all of my boys, so I’m sure that your family will enjoy it too.
Snag this recipe, because I guarantee that you’ll want to bring this with you to gatherings all summer long. It will definitely be a crowd pleaser!
B.L.T. Pasta Salad
This easy pasta salad recipe combines all of your favorite flavors from a classic BLT sandwich!
- 8 ounces uncooked mini farfalle (bow tie) pasta (or substitute with regular farfalle pasta)
- 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
- 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup Italian salad dressing
- 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool.
In a large bowl, gently toss together cooked pasta, tomatoes, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, stir lettuce into pasta salad
This yields 4 servings for a main course, or about 8 servings for a side dish.
Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half. The rest of the instructions remain the same.
Recipe slightly adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff