BLT pasta salad

I saw this little beauty while browsing around the world wide web the other day.  Thanks Food Network.  YUM.

Kevin would seriously eat BLTs every day.

And he loves pasta salad.

So, I thought this was a perfect recipe.

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We celebrated Father’s Day a week early this year.

So, I made this Healthy BLT Pasta Salad for our family Father’s day cookout yesterday.  It was great!  I used bow tie pasta.  (ya know….for father’s day….haha)

I cooked them al dente’, but they still got kind of broken up when I tossed the ingredients together.  I was as gentle as I could be, which if you know me isn’t very gentle!  :)  Maybe the corkscrew recommendation in the recipe would hold up better.  It still tasted amazing!  I also used half as much mayo and added Greek yogurt instead.  I might not add the lettuce next time and just put the pasta salad over lettuce as a meal.

We ate the left-overs today and it was still great.  But the lettuce would be more crisp if I did it that way. I thought it was interesting that the recipe called to saute the tomatoes.  It was a nice addition.  I actually really liked the way it tasted warm right after adding the tomatoes.

Warm, cold, room temp, fresh, left-overs….so many options.  :)

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BLT pasta salad
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Recipe type: side dish
 
This pasta salad is so good. It’s good warm, or cold. I like adding greek yogurt with the mayo to make it a little more healthy.
Ingredients
  • 12 ounce corkscrew shaped pasta
  • ½ cup milk
  • 12 ounces lean bacon
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped
  • fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 5 cups chopped romaine hearts
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package.
  2. Drain and toss with the milk in a large bowl; set aside. Crazy to toss it with milk. You won’t be sorry.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain. Discard drippings, but reserve about 3 tablespoons of drippings from the pan.
  4. Add the tomatoes, thyme and garlic to the pan and toss until warmed through; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Crumble the bacon, set aside ¼ cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta.
  6. Mix the mayonnaise, greek yogurt and sour cream with 3 tablespoons chives with the pasta until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the lettuce; toss again to coat.
  8. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon chives.
  9. Serve at room temperature. Or chilled the next day. Refrigerate leftovers. If there are any.

I think my favorite part of this salad is the way it looks in my trifle dish.  You can get one just like it right here!  I have the mini trifles too.  Seriously cute dishes.  They are pretty inexpensive, too.  Which is why I like them.  :)

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  1. This looks so good. A school I taught at had a pasta salad buffet foundraiser. And I got so many great ideas. This could fit right in.

  2. so yummy and my sons would love it too!

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  3. Wow! That salad turned out good. I’m always looking for new salad recipes Thanks!
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  4. All these recipes are making me hungry.

  5. This pasta salad sounds so delicious. My family would just gobble it up! Thanks for coming by to share your recipe. Have a great day!
    Katie

  6. Looks so delicious…yum! Love pasta salads~

  7. I’m featuring your yummy salad today. Thanks for bringing it by.
    Katie

  8. This looks fabulous! It’s getting bookmarked for the 4th!

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  9. I came across your page through Pinterest. I’m going to give this salad a try this weekend! Sounds delish..

  10. Oh my gosh, Yummy yummy yummy!! I’m adding this to my recipe queue to be made asap. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Just reposted this on my blog http://peaceloventhread.wordpress.com. Thanks.

  12. Eating this as we speak! I used turkey bacon (hubby has Hi bp) and light sour cream. Still, very delicious!

  13. That looks so good!
    Sarah
    http://www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

  14. This looks delicious. I love how you served it in the trifle bowl…very appealing!

  15. I just found your blog with this post. I want to try this salad it looks so good!!! I joined your site too!! :O)

  16. I found this on pinterest. I looks so delish. I am happy to now be following you. when you have a chance check out my blog http://www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

  17. Question…do you drain the milk from the pasta after and before mixing with other ingredients or does the milk play a part in mixing with the mayo/sour cream mixture in coating the salad? Thanks.

  18. I didn’t drain the milk, but you could if it seems too watery. Might be a good idea.

  19. how much does this recipe serve?

  20. The food network site says it serves 4. But that is an insane lie! It easily feed 10. :) It made a lot. A LOT!

  21. Is it good served cold? It says to store at room temp, but I will be making this ahead of time for my sister’s baby shower.

  22. @ Laura – yes, it is still super tasty when it’s cold. We had a little bit leftover so I ate it cold the next day. Still Yummy!

  23. I found this on pinterest and I’m SOOO excited to make it tonight! :)

  24. just made this for lunch today, so so GOOD!!!

  25. I like the sound of a BLT pasta salad!

  26. This was really good! Made it tonight :)

  27. I found your recipe through a friend’s pin on Pinterest, too. Looks delish, and I like your suggestions along the way-thanks for this!

  28. I found your blog via my friend’s pin on Pinterest, too. Love this recipe, thanks especially for all your suggestions and hints!

  29. I made this about a month ago. D E L I C I O U S !!!! Making it again this month for a graduation party! Mahalo!!!

  30. Wow! This looks amazing! My hubby loves bacon so I’ll be making this very soon! Stop by and follow me too http://www.kraftinmommy.blogspot.com

  31. Thanks everyone!!!!

  32. Found this on Pinterest, will be making this for a couple of summer family events. I know it will be a big hit after seeing the other comments here.

  33. Glad to see where you used greek yogurt in this salad! Recently, I have used the yogurt in place of sour cream and so far it has worked really great as a substitution. Thanks~looking forward to trying this recipe!

  34. WOW, now this is a winner for a hot day. My husband will go nuts over this as well I will. Dinner is set for tonite…

  35. I made a half recipe tonight and it doesn’t even look like we made a dent in it! Delicious and definitely one to take for a crowd.

  36. We made a half recipe tonight and it doesn’t even look like we made a dent in it! Delicious, different and definitely one for a crowd!

  37. Looks wonderful. Haven’t tried it yet but have had “fall apart pasta” issues with other salads. Try using Barilla. It usually works great if left al dente.

  38. I love BLTs with avocado – which I think would make a fine addition to this salad, as well!

  39. Preparing this recipe tonight for dinner – looks delicious and easy to make. Found you on Pinterest.

  40. This was an excellent recipe. It was fast, easy and delicious! Definitely a good party pleaser. Thanks for sharing!

  41. How can I print ONLY the recipe and not all the other “junk” that comes with it?

    • Hi John. Sorry about all “junk” that I write on my blog. I don’t have a recipe plug-in on the blog yet. I usually just copy and paste into Word and print when I find a recipe on a blog that doesn’t have recipe printing plug-ins. It just takes a second.
      But, if you follow the link to the Food Network at the top of the post, I am sure you can print it from there. They have a recipe plug in for sure. :) Here is the link for you…. just in case….. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/blt-pasta-salad-recipe/index.html
      Thanks for visiting. Great having you.

  42. What would be good to serve with this pasta salad for a luncheon?

    • Great question Barbara. It really would go great with many things. I think little sandwiches would be great with it, or even a breakfast casserole.

  43. I would add chopped cherry or grape tomatoes.

  44. My sister made this for a family reunion this weekend, and in my favor, used gluten free rice pasta. IT WAS TO DIE FOR! Wonderful! I’m putting in my “new mom meal” file!!

  45. Lisa Webb says:

    I have tried plain greek yogurt 20 different ways to cut back fat and add protein to dishes, I have hated every one.
    Then I discovered Danon Oikos Greek yogurt dip (I like the roasted red pepper) It’s still packed with protein, lower in fat than sour cream or mayo and tastes lovely.
    Just a thought. Thanks for the great recipes.

  46. Made this for tonight’s dinner. Already tastes wonderful. Can’t wait!!!!!

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