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This BLT Pasta Salad is an easy delicious side dish for summer picnics on the patio or for a dish to pass at your next gathering!

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BLT Pasta Salad

Now who doesn’t love a BLT? I mean seriously…! In our house we love our BLTs! It must be all the bacon! 🙂

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Although, let’s face it, they are far superior in the summer when the tomatoes are fresh, ripe and juicy! Not those semi orange things that you get at the store in the winter that barely resemble the taste of the same fruit, yes I said fruit, not vegetable!

Ingredients in this BLT Pasta Salad

As the name implies, the obvious ingredients in BLT Pasta Salad are bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and pasta. A few fresh herbs, onions, mayonnaise and a bit of Italian dressing, for a bit of zing, round out the ingredient list.

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This BLT Pasta Salad will become your favorite, easy salad to bring to all those summer picnics!

I find that the last few summers it seems that every week or two we have a different excuse for summer BBQ. Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, at least 8 birthdays… it’s crazy! Then, coming up with different side dishes so that you don’t serve thing party after party after party becomes a job in itself!

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This salad comes together in the time it takes to crisp up the bacon.

All of the rest of your ingredients can be ready to go so it’s great for a last minute dish to take to someone else’s house too! Here is my Tomato Cucumber Salad that is great for last minute additions to the party.

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You will love this super easy side dish! Try it at your next party and let me know what you think!

Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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BLT Pasta Salad

This BLT Pasta Salad is a quick, easy salad to take to your next BBQ or picnic!
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5 from 13 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta, your choice of shape
  • salt for boiling pasta and to taste on the salad
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 30 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1-1.5 c baby lettuce, mixed colors
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 3-4 tbsp Italian dressing

Instructions

  • Boil pasta according to package directions. 
  • Turn on oven to 375°F. Line roasting pan with strips of bacon. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until desired crispness. Drain on paper towel.
  • When pasta is done, drain and cool. If you are in hurry, you can put it in the freezer for 10 minutes and stir. If it's still needs to cool more, check it every 5 minutes, stirring every time you check it.
  • Once bacon is cool enough to handle, rough chop it.
  • Add bacon and all other ingredients to the bowl with the pasta and toss. Can be made a day ahead but don't add the lettuce until just before you serve.
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Notes

Refrigerate leftovers promptly.
Best if eaten fresh, because lettuce wilts.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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44 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love last minute dishes that could be made in no time! This salad looks so colourful and fulfilling.

  2. I love the idea of turning a BLT into a pasta salad! I’m so with you on how crazy packed summers seem to be these days. It’s nice to have an easy trusty side to bring along to all the parties. Totally giving this one a try!

  3. I love pasta salad during summer and I’m always looking for new recipes. Definitely holding on to this one for later!

  4. My husband and I have a slight obsession with BLT’s so I think this pasta salad would fit right in over here! Looks so good!

  5. 5 stars
    Totally my kind of food at the moment, love your BLT salad Beth, + there’s bacon! Will make your recipe for lunch today, thanks!

    1. I’m so glad you glad you enjoyed it! Share a picture after you make it. That would be great! Thanks, Patty!

  6. 5 stars
    Yum!! I love BLT’s just like you! This salad looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  7. 5 stars
    I don’t think this would last long in my home – it looks and sounds wonderful. And yes, it’s sure to taste at it’s best right now with summertime tomatoes around.

    1. Agreed, Julie! They are so much better in the summer! I’m always sad when I pick the last batch in the fall! Thank you for your comment!

  8. 5 stars
    I love BLT sandwich so BLT salad sounds super delicious to me. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ve never had BLT pasta, surely I will try your recipe as a guide and will prepare a vegetarian version 🙂 Thanks for shring.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Jagruti! I love adapting recipes to adjust them to my family’s tastes too!

  10. 5 stars
    Your recipe looks fabulous! I make a BLT pasta salad and it’s always the first thing gone at the bbq’s. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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