A cold pasta salad with creamy mayonnaise and Greek yogurt dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and red pepper flakes. Serve this quick and easy BLT Pasta Salad for barbecues, holidays, potlucks, and as a side dish.
BLT Pasta Salad brings back memories of summer potlucks with family. It’s served cold and it’s refreshing during the hot summer months. I love the combination of crisp green lettuce with juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy bacon, and cold pasta. I often refer to this summer salad as my bacon pasta because it’s loaded with all my favorite summer potluck recipe ingredients.
Since it’s the first grill of the season, I want it to be special. I’ve been waiting for this day for months. If you like classic summer side dish recipes with a twist, then you’ll love this pasta salad side dish. It has incredible flavor and tastes just like a BLT sandwich that we’ve all come to love.
This time of year I love to hit up visit a few local farmer markets. I stock up on anything that is in season and store in the refrigerator then plan meals around each hull. What I dislike the most about stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables is that some of it does go bad pretty quickly.
It’s a constant struggle to finish everything before it spoils. Often, I’ll make a summertime pasta salad with fresh summer produce to use up all those fresh garden vegetables.
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With spring in full swing, you’ll want to make a fun and flavorful dish that are perfect for barbecues. This ridiculously easy pasta with bacon BLT Pasta Salad is perfect as an appetizer, side-dish, or even a main dish.
What are some of your favorite picnic dishes to make this time of year?
BLT Pasta Salad
- 16 ounces Ditalini shaped pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- 12 slices bacon (chopped)
- 1½ cups diced tomatoes
- 2½ cups chopped green lettuce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional to taste)
- In a medium pot over medium-high heat, cook 16 ounces of pasta according to directions.
- Cook bacon in a skillet over stove top then chop once cooled.
- Drain pasta and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil; set aside.
- Chop lettuce and tomatoes.
- In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and pasta noodles then toss everything together until coated.
- Stir in lettuce, chopped bacon, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and cheddar cheese.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ and Socialstars™ as part of a #Freshworks sponsored series; all opinions are my own