This simple BLT Pasta Salad is easy to make and is always a crowd-favorite! Loaded with bow tie pasta, bacon and grape tomatoes, this salad is perfect to serve all summer long.
Pasta Cooling Time10mins
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, bacon, salad, vegetables
½lbbaconcooked and crumbled
freshly ground pepper to taste
½cupshredded cheesecheddar, swiss, mozzarella or even feta work great
1-2TbspBBQ saucegreat when used in addition to a creamy dressing!
Cook pasta according to package directions for "al dente" (you don't want mushy pasta!). Drain and rinse with cool water.
Wash and dry lettuce, then cut or tear into bite-sized pieces.
Add pasta, lettuce, bacon & tomatoes to a salad bowl. Gently toss, then pour dressing on and toss again. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
If making this ahead, add the pasta, lettuce, tomatoes & pepper to the salad bowl, but keep the bacon and dressing separate. Add the bacon and dressing when you're ready to serve it (because no one likes soggy lettuce!)
6 cups of Romaine lettuce is about half of a head.