BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad is loaded with all your favorite bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich flavors in a cold pasta salad with a creamy smoky bacon dressing.

That smoky bacon dressing is so irresistibly delicious, I found myself going back for “just one more taste” all afternoon.

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy pasta salad with a hint of smoke from the bacon, combined with crunchy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy tomatoes, this pasta salad is an enormous hit.

When I tell you that this BLT Pasta Salad is crazy good, just trust me and make it as soon as possible. This pasta salad was an enormous hit with my whole family – even the non-pasta lovers!

What brings to mind spring picnics and summer potlucks like a tasty pasta salad?

Whether you’re a fan of creamy pasta salads, vinegar-based (mayo-free) pasta salads, meat lovers pasta salads, or vegetarian and vegan pasta salads, there’s something here for everyone!

BLT Pasta Salad with a smoky bacon dressing

BLT Pasta

You just can’t go wrong with the classic flavors of a BLT. What’s not to love about bacon, lettuce, and tomato in pretty much any combination?

This pasta salad is coated with a smoky bacon dressing that is so irresistibly delicious, I very happily ate this BLT Pasta for lunch and dinner two days in a row.

BLT Pasta Salad with a smoky bacon dressing is irresistible

I made a BLT Corn Salad a few weeks ago and it reminded me just how much I love those flavors together.

I’ve already made two more BLT-inspired recipes and I’m super excited to share them all with you!

BLT Pasta Salad

Cooking tip: As written, this recipe will serve 5-6 people. However, you might want to double it if you would like to have anything leftover. It really is that good!

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

  1. Cook the bacon. While the bacon is cooking, start cooking the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain under cold water until the pasta is cool.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, slice the tomatoes and chop the lettuce. When the bacon is out of the oven, or off the stove, set it aside to drain on paper towels.
  3. Stir together the mayonnaise, bacon grease, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the pasta, tomatoes, lettuce, and bacon. Toss well to thoroughly coat the pasta. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
BLT Pasta Salad is a summer hit!

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BLT Pasta Salad with a smoky bacon dressing is irresistible

BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad is loaded with all your favorite bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich flavors in a cold pasta salad with a creamy smoky bacon dressing.
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Prep Time: 7 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces ditalini pasta (or the very small pasta of your choice)
  • ½ pound thick-cut bacon (5-6 slices), cooked with grease reserved
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced and chopped

Dressing Ingredients

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • tablespoons warm liquid bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon plain white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon. While the bacon is cooking, start cooking the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain under cold water until the pasta is cool.
  • While the pasta is boiling, slice the tomatoes and chop the lettuce. When the bacon is out of the oven, or off the stove, set it aside to drain on paper towels.
  • Stir together the mayonnaise, bacon grease, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add the pasta, tomatoes, lettuce, and bacon. Toss well to thoroughly coat the pasta.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 553kcal · Carbohydrates: 31g · Protein: 11g · Fat: 42g · Saturated Fat: 11g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 42mg · Sodium: 443mg · Potassium: 325mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 3g · Vitamin A: 1812IU · Vitamin C: 7mg · Calcium: 23mg · Iron: 1mg
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Ernest Contreras says

    Looks terrific I am going to prepare this for our family outing in June what do you think about changing the dressing with blu cheese? just a thought I may experiment with a small amount I am a big fan of blue cheese. Love the creativity here.
    Thanks, Love the recipe
    Chef Ernie5 stars