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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad deftly disassembles the classic BLT sandwich by mixing pasta with a creamy mayonnaise dressing along with the sandwich’s essential ingredients of bacon, lettuce, and tomato. This light take on a classic has a pleasing blend of flavors and textures, making it a great dish for summertime get-togethers or a creative lunch choice.

Tasting Notes

This pasta salad offers a harmonious blend of smoky bacon, juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and al dente pasta, all tossed in a zesty mayonnaise-based dressing. The result is a refreshing and flavorful dish that captures the essence of a BLT sandwich in every bite.

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) rotini pasta
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Kitchen Equipment

  • Large pot for boiling pasta
  • Strainer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large skillet for cooking bacon

Instructions

  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Cook the rotini pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the bowl with the dressing.
    • Toss to coat the pasta evenly with the dressing.
    • Gently fold in the crumbled bacon, halved cherry tomatoes, and shredded iceberg lettuce.
  4. Chill and Serve:
    • Refrigerate the BLT Pasta Salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
    • Before serving, give it a gentle toss and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Pro Tips

  • For a smokier flavor, consider using applewood-smoked bacon.
  • Customize the dressing by adding a pinch of garlic powder or dried herbs for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Use a mix of colorful cherry tomatoes to add visual appeal to the salad.

Variations

  • Substitute rotini pasta with your favorite pasta shape.
  • Add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese for a cheesy twist.
  • Incorporate diced avocado for a creamy and rich texture.

FAQs

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the salad a few hours in advance, but it’s best to add the lettuce just before serving to maintain its crispness.

Can I use turkey bacon as a healthier alternative?

Absolutely! Feel free to use turkey bacon or any other bacon alternative of your choice.

How long will the leftovers last in the refrigerator?

The BLT Pasta Salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep in mind that the lettuce may lose its crispness over time.

Yield: 8 servings

BLT Pasta Salad

blt pasta salad consisting of rotini, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) rotini pasta
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the rotini pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.

2. Prepare the Dressing:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined.

3. Assemble the Salad:

  • Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the bowl with the dressing.
  • Toss to coat the pasta evenly with the dressing.
  • Gently fold in the crumbled bacon, halved cherry tomatoes, and shredded iceberg lettuce.

4. Chill and Serve:

  • Refrigerate the BLT Pasta Salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Before serving, give it a gentle toss and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 30gCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g
BLT Pasta Salad

Written by Patricia M

Welcome to "My Cooking Recipes," a culinary treasure trove where passion for food meets the warmth of home cooking. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma who has spent a lifetime in the kitchen, weaving love into every dish. This website is my canvas, showcasing not only my personal creations but also handpicked recipes from across the web. Here, you'll find a blend of traditional family favorites and innovative culinary experiments, all designed to inspire and delight.

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