BLT Pasta Salad


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BLT Pasta Salad turns a classically perfect flavor combo into a fun summer dish that everyone will rave about! Crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and rotini pasta are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing to create a flavor combo that you will not be able to get enough of.

This easy pasta salad recipe is great for any cookout or even as a lunch or light summer meal! Using homemade dressing makes this recipe next level!

A bowl of BLT Pasta salad with lettuce.

I am sort of known as the pasta salad queen when it comes to cookouts, barbecues, or potlucks. I will almost always be bringing along a delicious cold pasta salad with me, whether it is a  Italian Pasta Salad or a tangy Greek pasta salad! 

When I created this BLT pasta salad recipe, I knew I was onto something. It was the first thing gone at our last barbecue and my family requested it again within the same week! I love using rotini pasta in this recipe, because the yummy dressing sneaks into the crevices. BLT bow tie pasta salad or even BLT tortellini salad (using cheese filled tortellini) are also great options if you feel like changing things up a little bit!

Ingredients for BLT Pasta Salad in a bowl including tomatoes, bacon, cheese lettuce and avocado.

The pasta salad dressing for this recipe is a combination of ranch and mayonnaise. The ranch adds flavor while the mayonnaise makes it nice and creamy! While you can use a bottled ranch dressing, as with most recipe homemade tastes best so I always use a quick batch of my fave homemade ranch dressingA few extra minutes but definitely worth the time!

This makes it the absolute perfect side dish, because you can easily make it ahead of time and bring it with you!

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Dressing being poured over BLT Pasta Salad

What To Put in Pasta Salad

This BLT pasta salad is seriously the bomb dot com. Not only are the classic BLT ingredients all there, but the addition of fresh avocados, cheddar cheese, and red onions really turns this into a legendary pasta salad recipe!

All pasta salads are super versatile, meaning you can add or remove just about anything you’d like. If you don’t eat pork, I have had success subbing the bacon out with turkey bacon in this BLT pasta salad. If you have produce you need to use up, peppers, carrots, celery, and onions all make great additions. The options are endless here! If you’re missing the bread from your favorite BLT sandwich, toss in a handful of croutons!

Just keep in mind that if you are adding any protein to your pasta salad, it will not last as long as if you omit it. Chicken will only last a couple days in the fridge, and bacon only lasts about 3. If you plan on making BLT pasta salad in advance, I would suggest making it within a day prior to the potluck or barbecue you plan to bring it to!

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Review Recipe

BLT Pasta Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
A delicious pasta salad that eats like a meal!  Juicy tomatoes, crisp bacon and fresh lettuce in a cool ranch dressing!

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon cooked and diced, grease reserved
  • 12 oz pasta cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing homemade ranch is best
  • 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • fresh parsley for garnish optional

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Instructions

  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, ranch dressing and 1 tablespoon bacon grease (optional).

  2. In a large bowl assemble the pasta, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, red onion, lettuce and bacon.
  3. Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 502, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 628mg, Potassium: 346mg, Carbohydrates: 38g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 13g, Vitamin A: 15.1%, Vitamin C: 8.4%, Calcium: 13.8%, Iron: 8.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. The dressing needed a little something…I added about 1/4 cup of sweet and spicy bbq sauce when I was tossing the salad…it was delicious…I took it to a family reunion and everyone raves about it…this recipe is a keeper…

  2. Made this tonight, hubby and I loved it! I used a lot more than 1 cup of Romaine and omitted the onions, as my stomach will not tolerate uncooked! Very nice twist on plain ole pasta salad, thanks so much!

  3. I made this last week and really enjoyed it. I didn’t have an avocado, so put in green pepper. All I had was elbow macaroni, so used that. I decided to not add the lettuce, as I knew there would be leftovers (lettuce can be added to your plate when serving)
    I found the flavour was even better the next day. I will make it again

  4. Does the lettuce get “wilty” or slimy (for lack of better term) if I make it a day ahead?   Sounds delicious!!

    1. Fresh and crisp lettuce should last. You could also keep the dressing aside and add it immediately before serving.

  5. Needs some fresh ground black and green peppercorns and using feta cheese crumbles would “kick it up” a bit over just plain old shredded cheddar.

  6. I took this BLT salad to a family get togeather and everyone loved it.My only question was can I add the homemade dressing ahead of time? I didn’t . I took it with me and added it just before serving.How long would it keep with the dressing added ? Thanks for sharing.

    1. You could make it a day ahead I’d say Millie, but I’d prefer to do as you did and add dressing immediately before serving. Give it a toss before serving if you do dress it earlier. Let us know how it goes for you!

    2. Hi! I made the homemade ranch dressing included in the BLT Pasta recipe. This recipe included mayonnaise. I noticed that then when I made the BLT Pasta recipe, it called for 1/2  cup of mayonnaise. Do I add this 1/2 cup more to the dressing? I wasn’t sure if it was too much mayonnaise. I did add the 1/2 cup and it was delicious. Thank you!

    1. I have only tried as written, but think that would work! Let us know how it works out for you!

  7. I never make comments on recipe posts but I have to on this one!!!  I made this tonight for my family!  It is to-die-for!!!  How can you go wrong with bacon and avocado with pasta?!  (I usually never change up a recipe the first time making it but I did use the whole avocado since my family loves avocados!) Thank you sooo much for sharing an INCREDIBLE recipe!!!  I will make this again and again!

    1. Thank you so much for commenting Kirk! I appreciate it :) And I’m SO happy to hear your family loved this salad!

  8. I made this salad ( I don’t eat avocado, so I left it out.) and it was so delicious. i made the salad dressing too that was also delicious. Thank you very much.

    1. I don’t know for sure but generally if a recipe has onion in it the avocado doesn’t brown. It is also coated with the dressing so that would not allow air to hit it as much and that’s what will brown the avocado. I’m making this tonight for a potluck tomorrow, hopefully I’m right! 

  9. I tried this salad and it was good! I added diced chicken and a dash of pepper. I would leave out the avocado. I didn’t think it went well with the BLT theme. I would use either lightly cooked green peas or diced cucumber instead if I were to make it again. 

  10. I went with the hubby to gis bowling league and one of his teammates Son, he is 16, said My Mom.made this BLT salad for dinner and it was SO GOOD, if a 16 year old boy(who a is the rough.and tumble type) says it’s good, I want that recipe! His Mom.sent the link , guess what a going with dinner tomorrow♡♡ I can’t wait!!!

    1. Hi Holly, I writing to ask if there something you can change the avocado with??? Salad looks very good  can u taste the avocado in the salad ????!

      1. hi holly recipe looks wonderful ! one question..can you omit the avocado and how much does it add to it.?.my boyfriend is not a fan !

        1. You can certainly leave the avocado out in this recipe (or just add a few chunks to your own serving if you’d like). Enjoy!

  11. Just made and ate this for dinner, omg! This is so good. Will have it again..
    Thank you for posting this delicious recipe, if you haven’t tried this let me tell ya
    it’s a must have.

  12. I make a pasta salad using the same salad ingredients but I use Jamaican Mistake Salad Dressing. Mix everything with the salad dressing and toss. cover and let sit in fridge for a few hours. Toss salad again right before serving. It is delicious!!!

  13. Such a delicious and crowd-pleasing side for summer entertaining! Now I’m craving a bowl of this for dinner :)

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  15. BLT salad isn’t new, I’ve been making it for over 10 years. Only thing I do different is the dressing. I use mayo with a touch of ketchup. Also don’t add the bacon or tomatoes until right before you serve.