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BLT Pasta Salad

A cold pasta salad with creamy mayonnaise dressing tossed with pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and red pepper flakes. Serve this quick and easy BLT Pasta Salad for bbqs, summer holidays during May, June, July, and August, potlucks, and as a side dish.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Blt Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 669kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Ditalini shaped pasta elbow macaroni or rotini pasta may be substituted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 12 slices bacon chopped
  • cups diced tomatoes
  • cups chopped romain lettuce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional to taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

More Flavor Variations and Additions
  • red onions
  • shallots
  • dill
  • green onions
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • freshly minced garlic
  • mustard
  • pickles
  • elbow macaroni
  • rotini pasta
  • homemade ranch dressing
  • black pepper
  • sour cream
  • vinegar
  • turkey bacon
  • flavored mayo
  • roma tomatoes, or grape tomatoes
  • pepperjack cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, feta cheese, blue cheese, goat cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1166IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 2mg